Sam Horsfield blasts back at Twitter trolls over slow-play video

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Sam Horsfield blasts back at Twitter trolls 

European Tour star Sam Horsfield has hit back at his slow-play critics, and called on “jealous” Twitter trolls to ‘come and find him if they have a problem’.

The Englishman hit the headlines at the Turkish Airlines Open earlier this month after a video of him standing over the ball for 30 seconds before hitting his shot went viral. Horsfield first addressed the issue on Twitter, but speaking to Today's Golfer in Dubai he fiercely denied accusations that he was being disrespectful to his playing partners.

“I woke up on Sunday morning [in Turkey] and had 96 Twitter notifications,” he told us. “People were saying stuff, but I guess you’ve got to remember that all those guys, who have something negative to say, wish they were doing what I was doing, playing for seven million dollars.

“Obviously, I’m not trying to do it. If you know me personally, as a lot of the guys out here do, you will know I’m one of the fastest players out here. I take, like, five seconds for my pre-shot routine.”

Horsfield admits he’s grateful for the support he has received from fellow tour pros, including Eddie Pepperell and Danny Willett, and sees no reason why he can’t keep contending in tournaments while he fixes what, he hopes, is only a temporary issue.     

“I’m working on it and it’s getting better,” added the 22-year-old, who finished tied 10th in Turkey. “It just so happens that I’m playing well and I’m in the spotlight. People always find something to complain about, but I honestly don’t really care what people think.

“Matt Ginella, he’s the main culprit of it, and if he has a problem with me, he can come and find me. That’s all I have to say about that.”

Horsfield just finished in a tie for 41st place at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship to finish 52nd in the Race to Dubai.