DeChambeau Criticized For Slow Pre-Shot Routine

Bryson DeChambeau cruised to a seven-shot victory on Sunday at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, sucking the drama out of the European Tour’s second event of 2019.

Even still, DeChambeau gave the European Tour’s social media team plenty of material to work with as the “Mad Scientist” went to work picking up his first win on international soil.

Following his triumph, the Euro Tour’s social team put out a video of DeChambeau’s unique pre-shot routine, which included innumerable calculations and jargon that included weighing the effect the air density in Dubai would have on a wedge shot from the rough.

While it was the precision and detail that the video was hoping to point out to casual fans, the timer on the bottom of the video received the most feedback, especially from fellow pros.

The 1:35 clip proved to be well over the newly-minted pace of play provision that was rolled out on January 1, 2019 under Rule 5-2., “A player should make a stroke in no more than 40 seconds (and usually in less time) after the player is able to play without interference or distraction.”

Former Open Champion Paul Lawrie didn’t mince words when responding to the video. 

Lawrie wasn’t the only person to take issue with DeChambeau’s pace of play, either, as can be seen in the replies to the European Tour’s original tweet.

However, rule breach or not, it was an interesting insight into how one of the game’s most clinical players goes about hitting a shot.