Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:57 PM
Kerr: Don't like that one, huh?
Here's another. We played the next day (Sunday) in a 5-some. 3 scratch players walking and playing at 6900 and 2 others, a 14 and a 29, riding and playing the 6000 yard tees. We were not the first group out, and we were part of 3 groups in a game - so we play by the rules and putt everything out. We finished in 4 hours flat. We also had to look for at least 5 balls in the leaves/rough. My point is that it should not take 5 hours to play a round of golf. I think it is unreasonable.
I have played in numerous state opens and state am tournaments. They always have a pace of play policy. The max time allowed is usually around 4:30 and it is enforced. It is common at each event that some groups are warned and penalties have occurred. Most of the guys know about it and so speed of play is typically pretty good at around 4:00-4:15. The downside is that the warnings and penalties are typically assessed to the group - and not the individual - and this is part of the policy that I would change (if it was possible). Having twice been in groups that were warned - I can tell you that it can be uncomfortable and creates bad group chemistry and it adds to the difficulty as well. In both of these incidents, we had one member (not me) who was the problem. All things considered, I think the policy is a good one and would rather have it than not. In fact, if we didn't have it and play was slow, I would not enter these tournaments (and the same goes for many of the top players that I know).
I am in the camp that thinks slow play on tour is having an effect on the pace of play at our local courses. Too many players emulate what they see on TV. We have a few college tournaments on my home course and they obviously don't enforce a pace of play policy as most of the rounds were taking over 5:30 to complete. This is not a good trend and if the tours did do something - I think it could have a tremendous impact on all levels of golf. I hope that they get started on it soon. Maybe some of the quicker young guys (Sneds, Fowler, etc) will speak up and this will lead to some changes. I also believe the tour would have the capability to time the players and assign the penalties where they belong - to individuals.
Does all this excessive time lead to better shots and scores?
Did it help GMac at the (British) Open?
What about Furyk at the Ryder Cup?
Furyk took forever to hit par putts on the last 2 holes (17 &18) during the last round (singles). The crowd even got on him on the 17th hole. It was ridiculous. He had played the course numerous times. He had an experienced caddie, had his green chart, and so on. He missed them both. I am curious as to what he took away from that? He might think he didn't take enough time? I don't know. I wish he would quit all the futzing around and hit the ball. At least try it. And he isn't the only one - I picked those 2 examples because most of the guys here would be familiar with them.
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