Pace of play on the PGA Tour is garnering more attention than usual this season with notoriously slow player Bryson DeChambeau at the forefront of the issue.
“People call me slow. I call myself quick with the stuff I do," DeChambeau said at last month's Memorial Tournament after receiving a warning for slow play.
Andy Johnson of The Fried Egg conducted a study where every shot (except tap-ins) by DeChambeau and playing partners Kevin Kisner and Justin Thomas were timed during the front nine in Round 2 of the U.S. Open.
The results are staggering, especially when comparing DeChambeau's average time to Kisner's, who is considered one of the faster players on Tour.
Keep in mind, Rule 5.6 states: "It is recommended that the player make the stroke in no more than 40 seconds after he or she is able to play without interference or distraction." The rule adds: "The player should usually be able to play more quickly than that."
DeChambeau averaged 63.3 seconds per shot, according to Johnson. That time jumps all the way to 93.3 seconds when DeChambeau is the first to play in his group, whether it's from the tee, fairway, or green.
“It’s actually quite impressive that we’re able to get all that stuff done in 45 seconds," DeChambeau ironically said after being scrutinized for slow play during a European Tour event earlier this year. "People don’t realize that it’s very difficult to do everything we do in 45 seconds.”
Additionally, when DeChambeau was the first to putt, he averaged 110.3 seconds to make his strike.
Kisner, on the other hand, averaged 31.4 seconds per shot and 42.4 seconds when he's first to hit.
Thomas landed in the middle of the two at an average of 41.5 seconds.
Based on the rules of golf, all three players were susceptible to receiving a one-stroke penalty - assuming a warning had already been given - for going over the 40-second recommendation.
Stunningly, the PGA Tour has handed out one slow-play penalty in the last 24 years.