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First slow play penalty handed out at a major in 8 years



Slow play penalties are a rarity, especially at major championships.

In 2013, Augusta National controversially handed 14-year-old Guan Tianlang a one-stroke penalty during The Masters for slow play.

Tianlang received four warnings that day, and since then, no player has been assessed a penalty until this Thursday at Kiawah Island.

John Catlin is the man who has broken that trend, receiving his penalty after being hit with a second bad time during round one of the PGA Championship.

On his seventh hole of the day, Catlin took 74 seconds over his approach shot which saw him receive his first warning of the day. Five holes later, the American took 63 seconds to play his second shot, which saw him hit with a second warning and one-stroke penalty, resulting in his par becoming a bogey.

Catlin finished with a three-over 75.

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  2. dixiedoc

    May 22, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    Until they penalize one of the “big guys” ain’t nothing going to happen. They can now point to the penalty to say we are enforcing the rules. Many of the “stars” are much worse. It’s a charade.

  3. Markus J Smooth

    May 22, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    Should happen to DeShankbo every week.

  4. Jason

    May 22, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    Once again the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. The arbitrary nature that these penalties are given out really hurts the integrity of the game.

  5. Glen

    May 21, 2021 at 11:29 am

    74 seconds and 63 seconds and one warning and he gets penalized? What about the other players?

    It seems like Bryson DeChambeau takes longer than that about every 3rd stroke and he hasn’t been penalized. Jason Day is painfully slow but he hasn’t been penalized ever. Wasn’t it JB Holmes that took 79 seconds to hit a putt with Brooks tapping his watch at him? (Yes, I know none of these examples are from the 2021 PGA Championship.)

    I agree completely with speeding up play but until they start penalizing the big-name players, it won’t mean have an effect on the others.

    • Mike Martin

      May 21, 2021 at 6:10 pm

      Can’t agree more……easy to pick on a guy no one knows unless one’s watching the European tour but De Chambeau is a joke every week. They’re probably afraid they’ll ruin his”brand”.

  6. Jon

    May 21, 2021 at 10:05 am

    Interesting story. What is the actual pace of play policy being referred to? Is it a specific time allotment when you’re able to play or is it an arbitrary decision by the officials? I would like some clarification so I can get my stopwatch out this weekend when the cameras are focused on some of the “big” name players, i.e., Jordan Spieth.

    • Hermes

      May 22, 2021 at 11:42 pm

      Mostly pace of play doesn’t truly “matter” except for the group’s position on the course.

      If the group falls behind, then the player’s will be warned and their holes/shots timed.

      Players (if my memory serves) are allotted 45sec per shot, but the first player to play received additional 15sec.

      So the first on the tee, in the fairway or on the green gets 60sec.

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Rickie Fowler is the next in line to aim subtle dig at Bryson



Following an impressive 64 at 3M Open to hold a share of the 1st round lead, Rickie Fowler joined the many PGA Tour pros to poke fun at Bryson DeChambeau for his controversial comments at last week’s Open.

DeChambeau infamously blasted his Cobra driver, saying “it sucks,” which prompted Cobra rep, Ben Schomin, to respond, “It’s really painful when he says something that stupid.”

Discussing his Thursday round with the media, Fowler commented on how pleased he was with his efforts off the tee.

“That was something that was kind of holding me back from making birdies, moving forward last week. I drove it very poorly Friday and Saturday. It was not my driver’s fault. Had to.”

Who can blame Fowler for getting in on the action, especially since his game seems to be trending in the right direction.

The five-time PGA Tour winner is in search of his first victory since the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open. He’s off to an awfully strong start.

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Collin Morikawa had to deal with a very unexpected distraction on his final hole at the Open



Golf fans may remember Collin Morikawa stepping away from the tee on the 18th hole at last week’s Open Championship.

On first thought, it seemed like the 24-year old just needed a moment to recalibrate. Yet Morikawa revealed in an interview with Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take podcast that he stepped away for… another reason.

“Some spectator, at some point in the day, snuck a little old school microphone, like a recording. Threw it underneath one of the marshals around there and started playing these farting noises right as I was about to swing,” Morikawa disclosed.

In typical Morikawa fashion, the two-time major champion was unfazed, and he proceeded to stripe his tee shot down the right-center of the fairway en route to a routine par to win the Open over Jordan Spieth by two strokes.

Morikawa can next be seen representing the United States in the Olympics, as he looks to become the first golfer ever with two major wins and an Olympic Gold Medal.


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Nelly Korda spends her off time just like us



Newly minted number one golfer in the world, Nelly Korda, is in action this week at the Amundi Evian Championship in France, her first major under that title.

With a hectic schedule of the Evian, the Olympics, AIG Women’s Open and Solheim Cup down the stretch, Korda stressed the importance of de-compressing and taking her mind off golf when she is not in the heat of the battle.

Video games wouldn’t have been our first guess, but Korda reveled on media day that they are an essential aspect of her off the course routine. “Right now, Call of Duty and Modern Warfare,” Korda mentioned when asked what games she plays. “But when I was a kid, I really liked card games, so I may download one of those. Complete nerd coming out of me right now.”

No judgement here. Korda has displayed an admirable level of comfortability on the biggest stage. “You kind of need a way to escape sometimes, so I was like hmm, may as well try it out.”

Not that we needed one, but the best female golfer in the world just provided a sound justification of why video games aren’t half bad.

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