Bryson DeChambeau is one of the slower golfers on the PGA Tour.
His slow play at The Northern Trust — the first of three FedExCup Playoffs events earlier this fall — even drew immense backlash from fellow PGA Tour pros, who slammed him on social media after multiple clips went viral.
Yet on Friday, after DeChambeau mounted a two-shot lead at the Safeway Open in Napa, California, the 26-year-old claimed he had evidence that he wasn’t the slowest player on Tour.
“There’s data out there now that shows that I am not the slowest player at all by any means,” DeChambeau said, via Golfweek.
DeChambeau, though, didn’t explain what that data actually was.
“Well, the PGA Tour has it,” DeChambeau said, via Golfweek. “I’ve seen it. I don’t know if I can disclose any of it.
“But I’m definitely not in the top 10 percent. I’m not close to that. That’s from Shotlink data. We have that. So, I can say that, I know I can say that without a shadow of a doubt.”
DeChambeau did apologize after The Northern Trust in August, saying that he was ready to “do his very best” to improve his pace out on the course, and that he’s “committed to being part of the solution, not the problem.”
All the hate and backlash he’s received recently over his play, however, has started to take its toll. Whether he can provide the evidence he was talking about or not, DeChambeau said he’s simply focused on moving past this and keeping his attention on his game.
“I’ve had some struggles, sometimes with difficulty and people saying this, people saying that. I’ve done some things I shouldn’t have, but it’s about growing up and learning how to be a true professional,” DeChambeau said, via Golfweek. “That’s what I think I’m doing and will keep striving to do. That’s what’s most important out here is doing your absolute best and that’s what I’m trying to do.”
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