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Retired pro cricketer blasts Kevin Na for slow play. Is he right?

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A tweet and follow-up video from a retired English cricketer are making the rounds in the golf social mediaverse and snackable content realms. And while most agree that it’s not a good look for golf when Kevin Pietersen, who has more than three million Twitter followers, mocks Kevin Na for taking a small eternity over a putt and slow play is an issue on Tour, Pietersen may not exactly be hitting the mark.

Anyway, here’s the tweet and succeeding tutorial.

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Surely it’s hyperbole to call the putt a “tap-in,” no? But given the length of the putt, how excessive is the amount of time Na took?

And for the millionth time, expecting players like Kevin Na (who prefers a…deliberate pace) to play quickly because it’s courteous, isn’t going to happen. Pro golf is the man’s job, and he clearly believes he does it best when he does it slowly with great deliberation. Expecting Na, or any other player of a similar mindset, to change without outside influence (slow play penalties) is unrealistic.

In other words, Pietersen ought to include @PGATour in his tweet as well.

Update: Na posted this defense/explanation on Instagram. 

 

 

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  1. Learn to count

    Feb 27, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    the guy can’t even count 7 seconds right…..it took him 9 seconds.

  2. tom

    Feb 25, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Well said Na. This guy’s tap in was 2 feet with no money on the line.

    Case closed.

    I hear a lot of funny comments in golf shops and golf courses from guys with very little material between the ears.

    This cricket guy is just another example.

    Hey Na, keep doing what you’re doing ie cashing checks on pga.

  3. Nick

    Feb 24, 2018 at 12:46 am

    For our American friends, Kevin Pietersen is an absolute douchnozzle of the highest degree and shouldn’t be listened to about anything, lest of all golf.

  4. Mike

    Feb 23, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    “Retired pro cricketer” opinion is valid because he has 3MM Twitter followers???
    Shame on you Ben… this is not a story. You just gave it additional traction.

  5. Joro

    Feb 23, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    If the Tour paid any attention to slow play it would be a miracle, they are for the most part all slow, and even the fast players are slowed down because of them. Jordan Speith is a good one, he is always at least a hole + every tournament, and the time he took what seemed to be an hour and a half to hit the shot in the open out of the range was the most ridicules ignorance of the rules I have ever seen, and the “rules officials” ignored it. AWFUL!!!!

  6. TexasWedge

    Feb 23, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    Kevin Na is absolutely right. That putt was worth a lot of money. Could he have walked up and stroked the putt and made it in much less time? Perhaps. But how many times have we golfers done that and missed? The difference being it doesn’t cost us hundreds of thousands of dollars when we miss. Kevin cricket should get a life. He was wrong…completely.

  7. Steve

    Feb 23, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Obviously not a gimme, and I’d rather watch slow play as listen to some fans shouting stupid things like bababooey, mashed potatoes and the stupidest one yet last tournament someone shouted light the candle after I think Justin Thomas’s drive, should be dragged into the carpark and beaten, and don’t even get me started on the idiots who shout get in the hole on par 5 tee shots. Rant over.

  8. BC

    Feb 23, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Obviously it was not a “tap in” as indicated. However I am in favor of any remedy for the golf enjoyment killer SLOWPLAY. The PGA and the USGA have allowed this stuff for to long and it has transferred from the pro game to almost every golf course in the world as many everyday golfers think that emulating this kind of nonsense will help them shoot better scores. There needs to be action taken! I makes me so mad to watch this that I have almost stopped watching professional golf on TV. When are the keepers of the game going to stop talking about this issue and instead do something about it.

  9. Jack

    Feb 23, 2018 at 2:37 am

    Nobody would give a 3.5 footer as a gimme. Plus that thing broke a lot too for a little short putt. I don’t think that guy has even played golf for money. Nor does he realize that a putt straight on looks a lot shorter than it really is.

  10. Looper

    Feb 23, 2018 at 12:44 am

    Kevin the class act that he is didn’t have to defend himself. But he clearly stated facts as he was the one who played the shot. This clown has zero clue Kevin. Love your game…

    • Jack Nicholas

      Feb 27, 2018 at 9:28 am

      Kevin Na is more annoying than a paper cut. End. Of.

  11. HeineyLite

    Feb 23, 2018 at 12:41 am

    Your golf and Kevin’s golf are polar opposites. Wonder if he’s ever played a PGA tour event???

  12. ChiliDip

    Feb 23, 2018 at 12:37 am

    TRY THE SAME PUTT WITH A MILLION DOLLARS ON IT, CHUMP…

  13. HoleIn2

    Feb 23, 2018 at 12:35 am

    Horrible Article. Obviously doesn’t know what he is talking about…

  14. Yeah

    Feb 22, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    He’s in a professional golf tournament and has a 3.5 foot, downhill bleeder. You clearly have never played golf at any kind of respectable level. This is the furthest thing from a tap in. Taking these putts seriously is the difference between guys that make a living doing this thing. So stupid.

    • tom

      Feb 25, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      This guy gives himself 3-4 footers all day and then slithers into the card room and tells everyone he shot 75

  15. moses

    Feb 22, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    WTF Kevin!!!! That is ridiculous. I would not play golf with anyone who takes that long for a 2 foot putt.

  16. MN

    Feb 22, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    I work 9-5. I expect to play golf in less than 4 hours. When these guys are in a tournament they aren’t playing golf. They are working. So what if it takes, them longer to play a hole. Isn’t cricket also the sport that can take days to finish a match?

    • Beefhouse

      Feb 23, 2018 at 1:19 pm

      KP was one of the pioneers of Twenty20… basically cricket’s equivalent of the Phoenix Open. He was a good test cricketer for England (despite the fact that he is very obviously South African) but he has really made his living out of quickfire slapping it in T20.

      • Jack Nicholas

        Feb 27, 2018 at 9:30 am

        I doubt any US douchbag will have the faintest notion of what Twenty20 is; they would think it to be a light beer. Please note that the word ‘light’ is spelled light. Happy to help.

  17. Steve Dobson

    Feb 22, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    If they want to speed things up on the greens, how about no more little books with slope maps on, no help from caddies(especially Patrick Reeds who likes to lie down for a bit) and you can only mark and replace your ball once per putt.

  18. David

    Feb 22, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Not a Tap in.. but would love to see fast play rules implemented. I think it would add to the challenge of the game at the highest level. How good can you be “while” playing at a reasonable rate of play.

  19. super

    Feb 22, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    I was actually following Na for a few holes, and he is not the slowest out there. For this putt, it is not easy tap in. Stay in our couch.

  20. the dude

    Feb 22, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    whhhhhoooo cares..

  21. Kyle

    Feb 22, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    How bout a rule that disallows a line marking on the ball. Players have become so dependent on lining up that little scribble that they are utterly dependent on it. He is checking and re-checking that stupid line. That’s what takes so much time, watch Patton Kizzire, equally as bad on the greens.

    No line on the ball. That should be considered using a training aid during the course of regulation play.

    • Travis

      Feb 22, 2018 at 6:54 pm

      I’ve never thought of this, but I like that idea. However, players might just start using logos and things like that to “line up” their putt. It would be very hard to control. However, the theory is good, and I agree with you that using a line on the ball to just putt at instead of putting towards the whole is definitely borderline using a training aid during a round.

    • Robert

      Feb 26, 2018 at 4:41 am

      Every single ball comes with an alignment of some sort. Two arrows going each way ON EVERY SINGLE GOLF BALL. What balls do you use?

  22. James T

    Feb 22, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    The Na putt looked to be downhill on a slick green, with left to right break to it, about 3+ feet. NOT A TAP IN! Granted, Na was still pretty slow. The other Kevin made his tap in from about 18 inches. Lousy comparison. This is why Jack Nicklaus is saying that anything within the compound rubber should be a gimmie. (just kidding on that last line)

  23. Eli

    Feb 22, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    That’s a long tap in, but regardless that was ridiculous.

  24. C

    Feb 22, 2018 at 11:55 am

    In Na’s defense, those are not automatic at Riviera.

  25. CT

    Feb 22, 2018 at 11:54 am

    To be fair to Kevin (and as he explained on the On the Mark podcast), that putt was well outside the hole and downhill. Misjudging the break and speed would have sent the ball 3-4′ past.

    Did he need to mark twice … no … but given the severity of the green, slope and speed, and the amount of money being played for — I can give Na warning (but a pass) on this one.

  26. Taylor59

    Feb 22, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Isn’t it little hypocritical when a cricket player talks about how long a sport takes….

  27. George

    Feb 22, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Only blast Kevin Na. WTF? 50% of the tour is a slow play joke.

  28. Jon

    Feb 22, 2018 at 11:04 am

    The only way to get these knot heads to speed up is to start issuing penalty strokes. For this egregious lack in green reading ability, he should have been socked with a two stroke penalty. One for taking so long and one for just being an inconsiderate idiot for having the caddie help with lining up the putt.

    • Travis

      Feb 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm

      How is he being an “inconsiderate idiot”? Him playing golf is his JOB, you watching him play is entertainment. That putt was for an extra $300,000, nearly 5-7 times the full year’s salary of any armchair quarterback watching him play.

      Nobody would ever chastise someone at work for taking a minute and a half to make decision, especially if that decision cost +/- $300,000.

      If I took someone to a Ferrari dealership, and said “Hey, if you make this downhill left to right putt on the first attempt, you’ll get a free Ferrari of your choosing.” I bet you EVERYONE would take longer than Na did with that on the line.

      People are so quick to judge one person in one instance of one round. Kevin Na is not the reason the average round on Tour is 5-6 hours. It’s because they are walking 7,000+ golf courses, through galleries, lining up every putt, reading books on every green, going through massive pre-shot routines, etc. etc. It’s a culmination of a LOT of things.

      A quick way to speed up play:

      (1) Use rangefinders
      (2) No green reading books
      (3) All players must putt with the white of the golf ball facing upward (no lining up putts)

      Most of what takes forever in golf are not tee shots or shots from the fairway. It’s waiting on people to get distances when they miss fairways and are way off the hole, or waiting for the greens to clear because 2-3 dudes are taking forever to putt out.

      • TexasWedge

        Feb 23, 2018 at 1:17 pm

        Travis, those are great ideas on how to speed up play. It may never happen, but it probably should. The powers that be want everyone to play faster, but they take away the options of the things that would help make that happen.

    • Looper

      Feb 23, 2018 at 12:46 am

      No clue either…

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Check out the betting markets for the potential Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson “The Match” Part 2

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“The Match” Part 2 may have only just been teased by Phil Mickelson this week on his social media account, but that hasn’t stopped bookmakers from pricing up some exciting betting markets for the potential showdown.

BetOnline.ag have chalked up Woods as favorite to exact revenge on Lefty, but the company have also priced up markets on the total curse words used between the two, the number of Tiger twirls we will potentially see, and much more.

Here’s a full list of the betting markets BetOnline.ag have created ahead of the potential Woods-Mickelson “The Match” Part 2:

How many holes will be conceded?

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Number of 3-putts recorded by Tiger and Phil

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14 players disqualified from mini-tour event for playing from the wrong tees

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Per Ryan French (Twitter’s Monday Q Info), 14 players during round one of the Outlaw Tour’s Verrado Founders Championship were DQ’d from the event after playing from the wrong set of tees on one hole.

Despite the 14-men playing from a distance longer than they should have, there is no dispensation from the rule despite it being clear there was no intent to gain an advantage on their competitors.

Following the opening round, tournament director Jesse Burghart released a statement on Facebook where he defiantly stuck by his decision to disqualify the 14 players.

“I stand by my decision to uphold the integrity of the game and the Rules of Golf…Penalty for breach of rules is disqualification. It’s very black and white and one of the most important rules to follow.

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