FILE PHOTO: Golf – The 148th Open Championship – Royal Portrush Golf Club, Portrush, Northern Ireland – July 18, 2019 England’s Eddie Pepperell during the first round REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff
PGA European Tour player Eddie Pepperell apologized Monday to Bryson DeChambeau for calling him “a twit” while criticizing his slow play at The Northern Trust tournament.
“Seems my comment regarding Bryson’s slow play has garnered plenty of attention and I just want to sincerely apologize to Bryson for being personal and referring to him as a ‘twit,’” the 28-year-old English golfer wrote on Twitter. “That was unnecessary and something I shouldn’t have said.”
Pepperell made his original comments Friday after videos surfaced of DeChambeau taking more than two minutes to attempt (and miss) an 8-foot putt.
“Just look at Tommy (Fleetwood) and Justin (Thomas), both looking completely bored,” Pepperell said. “Slow players do this to their playing partners, making the game less enjoyable. Problem is, the unaffected single-minded twit in this instance doesn’t care much for others.”
“Eddie Pepperell, not fair to say,” DeChambeau told reporters after seeing the comments. “I would love to speak to him personally and talk about it.”
Patrick Reed won the tournament Sunday at Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J. DeChambeau finished in a tie for 24th place at 7 under. Pepperell was not in the field.
—Field Level Media
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