This first weekend of golf on the PGA Tour has already started some interesting commentary from the TV announcers, PGA Tour players and golf journalists on slow play. Slow play is the enemy without a doubt. The comments at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions regarding Johnathan Byrd’s slow play (also known as “deliberate”) were well noted. I then I saw a few great slow play related tweets from world #1 Luke Donald’s twitter:
Sounds like slow play is already an issue the 1st week of the PGA Tour season and it’s 2somes. Sort it out please…
It’s not that hard, be ready when it’s your turn. Slow play is killing our sport
Can’t really blame the officials, not enough of them to govern. Responsibility lies with the players and their caddies
If u r second to putt, why not read your putt while the player 1 is reading his. 30 secs saved there = 35 mins saved for the round
It was very refreshing to read those rants from Luke. Bravo. Keep at it.
Yesterday I read a piece by Cam Cole in the sports section of National Post, “PGA’s slow paces is killing golf.” Check it out. Some great points and great quotes are in there.
2.5 Hour Round
In the Monday final round at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions this past week, David Toms was first out of the gate. By himself he played 18 holes in 2.5 hours. It can be done.
Not Just The PGA Tour
One reason aside from the expense that golf is not a reasonable endeavor for many amateurs is the fact that it takes so long, especially in a down economy when those who are working are working more hours than ever. If amateurs could get in nine holes in 1.5 hours or 18 in 3 hours, the sport would have a lot more participation.
Speed it up people!