The current policy only addresses players whose groups have fallen out of position. The Tour will now explore the possibility of expanding the guidelines to address players who are in position but take an excessive amount of time to hit their shot.
DeChambeau – deserving or not – has become the whipping boy for slow play on the PGA Tour; a video surfaced of him taking over two minutes to hit an eight-foot putt just days after Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy called for slow play to be penalized.
“We know that the individual habits of players when they are preparing to hit a shot can quickly become a focal point in today’s world, and our players and fans are very passionate about this issue,” said Tyler Dennis, the Tour’s chief of operations.
The PGA Tour currently uses ShotLink technology to provide every player with a pace-of-play report and calculate the average time each player takes on a particular shot.
“We are currently in the process of reviewing this aspect of pace of play and asking ourselves, ‘Is there a better way to do it?'” Dennis said of the Tour’s current methodology. “We think technology definitely plays a key role in all of this and we are thinking about new and innovative ways to use it to address these situations.”
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