Apparently, we struck a nerve.
Nothing in the history of The Post
has generated as much reader
response as our columns on slow
play on the PGA Tour. We heard
from all over the U.S., as well as
Ireland, Australia and Finland.
Here is a selection of some of the
e-mails we received.
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golf on all courses, which is the worst
thing about it. I occasionally play with a
co-worker who waits until it’s his turn
to putt, and then, in typical “pro” fashion,
lines his putt up from both sides. I tease
him about reading Moby Dick faster than
he reads putts, but it’s his routine and it
obviously comes highly recommended.
USGA, NCAA, individual colleges and the
Northern California Golf Association. In
Northern California, we use checkpoint
pace of play and it is very effective.
I don’t see anything meaningful happening to correct this awful trend since
it is a player-run Tour. Anybody who
cracks down and penalizes players will
be chased away, and the rules officials
know it. That being said, if they simply
implemented the checkpoint-pace-of-play policy and gave penalty strokes
for breaches, the problem would very
quickly correct itself.
or her “expert” opinion. I’m sure you
didn’t have the patience to read this far,
but if you have, congratulations, maybe
you should have as much patience with
people who’ve paid the same money to
play the same course as you.
Ryan Van Culin
average Joe will not, either. They try to
emulate what Tour players do.
Pat Elliott Golf Academy
Highland Village, Tex.
I have a solution for the PGA Tour
that I’d like to see the media push for
to test in at the very least one event in
the near future (even if it’s a Nationwide
event). Install a shot clock on every hole.
Each pro has 45 seconds to play each
shot not on the putting green and a
minute to play each shot on the putting
green. First offense – one stroke; second
offense – two strokes; for subsequent
offense – disqualification.
Director, Rules and Competitions
Southern California Golf Association
Industry City, Calif.
At my home course, a golfer is penalised one shot for each 15 minutes he is
over the time limit of 3 hours, 45 minutes for 18 holes singles competition. It
does not happen very often.
Co. Wicklow, Ireland
I walked off the course four times
last year due to slow play. One time was
when the high school tryouts were on.
I work on the LPGA event in Portland,
and the LPGA has issues with slow play
as well. But, they have the guts to give
penalty strokes to those who violate
the rule after warnings. Jack Nicklaus started this awful trend and it has
just gotten worse. To engage the next
generation for golf, we have to make the
game more exciting. A five-and-a-half-hour round is not going to do that.
We all know that hitting on a driving
range is very different from being on
the course, and we all know there are
no “practice courses” (they are for real
play) so practice is for the range.
Among people who have played many
years, there is almost an arrogance
or reluctance (unless it is your son’s
or grandson’s first round) to have the
patience to slow things down, so a new
player can translate the learned skills
of the range onto the practical skills
needed on the real field of play. Rushing
Slow play is indeed a scourge and
it’s getting worse. I strongly believe the
Tour players should be setting a good
example to the rest of us, so a tighten-ing-up of the rules is badly needed. The
players, not just the watching public,
are extremely frustrated by the slow
play of a few individuals who seem to
be completely oblivious to the discomfort they cause to fellow competitors.
In the early 1950s, I was 14 and
joined my first club. It was a given that
18 holes was to be completed in three
hours or less. Slow play was simply not
tolerated and the game was better for it.
Perhaps the early rot set in with distance markers. We all used our eye and
perhaps a return to this approach is an
essential for the amateur game.
The Golf Channel Am Tour has come
to our facility and taken as long as six-
and-a-half hours to play a round. Much
hell was raised because club manage-
ment put them out ahead of mem-
bers. That will not happen again. Their
administration neither offered help nor
expressed any concern. l
Dade City, Fla.
This is what will really hurt them.
We DVR the golf due to slow play. We
skip the commercials and time between
shots, except for The Masters.
In my opinion, the slow play they
exhibit is, by example, extended to all
I am disgusted with the pace of play
in professional golf. I work collegiate and
amateur events as a rules official for
Can you imagine their attention level
ramping up if one of them is in con-
tention and is assessed a one-stroke
penalty? I hate slow play and have
been known to yell at the television
when these guys pull that nonsense. If
the Tour doesn’t pick up the pace, the E-MAIL THE POST
I noticed that in your most recent
two-page rant on slow play, you pointed
out that only one person didn’t care
about slow play. I just didn’t care to
take the time to write an e-mail to you,
because you’ll blow it off like every other golf snob who picks up a pen or sits
in front of a microphone to assert his
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