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‘Why we need shot clocks’ – Danielle Kang blasted for slow play at Gainbridge LPGA



It wouldn’t be a typical week of golf these days without some Twitter drama and debate.

In this week’s edition, we have ClubProGuy stoking the fire with a tweet that has provoked plenty of passionate views.

It began when ClubProGuy criticized the slow play of LPGA player Danielle Kang at the weekend’s Gainbridge LPGA by posting the following video of the 29-year-old taking her time over an 8-foot putt for par.

The tweet was quite the hit; with 287 replies, 623 retweets, and 5.2K likes. “No Laying Up” came rushing to the defense of Kang saying (in a now deleted tweet):

After much heated debate, Byeong Hun An came in with some of his typical comic relief:

before fleshing out his thoughts on the incident, saying:

As for golf fans, some were heavily critical of the length of time it took for Kang to hit her putt, with comments including: “This is why we need shot clocks”, “LPGA need to do something. Shot penalties only solution. I love watching the LPGA Tour, but bores me to tears the time taken like this.”

While others made the case that the conditions demanded a little more time allowance, “Bad take CPG. Can you NOT see the wind blowing the hole all over the place???” tweeted one user, while another added “As you can see the winds were blowing 15+ MPH. Less than 90 seconds is well under Kevin Na’s 3 minutes to putt.”

Whomever you side with on this debate, it seems slow play will always be a contentious issue in professional golf.

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  1. Tony Rocket

    Feb 20, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    She’s a 5.5 out of 10 that thinks she’s a 9.5. Modern women are so delusional.

    • Rod Ventura

      Feb 21, 2022 at 4:38 pm

      I remember seeing her in a video with a t-shirt that said “I am not the cart girl.” LOL Indeed you’re not honey bunny. Not even close to being hot enough.

    • Rod Tyler

      Feb 21, 2022 at 4:40 pm

      I remember seeing her in a video with a t-shirt that said “I’m not the cart girl” Indeed you’re not. LOL Not even remotely hot enough to be one.

  2. Kenneth Prince

    Feb 19, 2022 at 8:03 am

    I question whether or not anyone commenting on here actually watched the broadcast. If you did you would have known that when Kang placed the ball it moved forward. She tried multiple times to place the ball without it moving; that is when her caddie came over. A rules official was called for; however Kang fixed the problem by fixing the depression in front of her ball mark and resumed play.

  3. ydkj

    Feb 15, 2022 at 10:52 am

    Quit watching LIVE golf, FFS. Just watch highlights on Youtube.
    Besides – did Kang’s group fall out of position at any point and get a warning? If not, then this is a moot point.
    People don’t remember Jack. Nicklaus, that is. Go rewatch. See how long he used to take over putts.

    • Jeff

      Feb 15, 2022 at 9:48 pm

      Exactly! Don’t you people have a remote? Just skip through what you’re not interested just like the commercials. Or did your grandchildren tape over all the buttons except power volume and channel?

    • OnePutt King

      Feb 23, 2022 at 5:26 pm

      Horrible comparison. Kang is the slowest player ever on any of the tours.
      Even when Kevin Na had the driver yips he was much faster than Kang.
      BTW, if she was 1/2 as good as she thinks she is she would be twice as good as she really is.

  4. Chris Hartman

    Feb 14, 2022 at 5:15 pm

    I feel like this needs a “watching Patrick Cantlay putt” bump.

  5. Shaker

    Feb 2, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    Kang spent more time adjusting her short hair and hoodie. When it’s her turn it’s like ok what’s my yardage now and how am I going to play this shot. What were you doing before it was your turn? Getting in the moment?

  6. Jack Nash

    Feb 2, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    More and more people will find in beneficial to watch paint dry than Kang put. Then again I guess you’d have to specify oil or water base paints because she could actually beat the drying time of an oil base paint.

  7. PK

    Feb 2, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    No one seems to recognize the elephant in the room: the abject hypocrisy of pro golf rules enforcement. I remember Ian Woosnam getting penalized 2 strokes (!) for having an extra club in his bag after the tee shot on the first hole, because his caddy forgot to take out the extra driver he was using on the driving range. This had absolutely zero impact in terms of affecting his play or any of his competitors’ play, yet PGA Tour is so fascistic about enforcing these rules without any judgment about intent or effect on outcome. With pace of play rules, we have blatant egregious rules violations repeatedly, that DO affect outcomes UNFAIRLY. It allows the player to cheat in the time allotted to figure out a shot or putt, AND it can definitely affect other players’ rhythm physical readiness (e.g., particularly in cold weather) to play their next shot. In chess, football, etc., a player or team isn’t allowed to take unlimited time to figure out their next move, because it IS an unfair condition.

    • club count police

      Feb 19, 2022 at 11:44 am

      Yea having an extra club in the bag is not an advantage.

  8. Bigbrooker11

    Feb 2, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    Slow players need to be called out & I would love to see other videos posted about what tasks can be accomplished before a pro hits their shot. I thought this was hilarious, but so painful to watch a player back off a shot/putt several times. Infuriating actually. Slow play at all levels is hurting the game.

  9. Want Chung

    Feb 1, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    Everybody have fun tonight
    Everybody Wang Kang tonight

  10. William Davis

    Feb 1, 2022 at 10:07 am

    Same weather conditions for everyone. It’s a mental thing and she needs some help.

  11. Swing=UnfoldingLawnChair

    Feb 1, 2022 at 10:06 am

    If anyone in my group took that long, they’d have to catch up to us in the next fairway.

  12. Jerry

    Feb 1, 2022 at 9:17 am

    Anyone defending slow play is part of the problem.

  13. Bladehunter

    Feb 1, 2022 at 8:32 am

    Maybe clubproguy needs to stick to being a clown – his day job- instead of messing with actual professionals.

    • Mr Bojanglez

      Feb 1, 2022 at 9:19 am

      Yeah, he is a clown, and that’s exactly what he’s doing here. Clowning…

  14. bill

    Feb 1, 2022 at 6:06 am

    I think I could have missed that putt in under 10 seconds

  15. gunmetal

    Jan 31, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    I wonder if she cuts her time in half if she can still miss it low.

  16. CrashTestDummy

    Jan 31, 2022 at 5:41 pm

    In her defense. It is the final round, she is tied for the lead, it is on the closing holes (14), it is a crucial par put to stay tied, and the conditions had gusty winds (wind can definitely affect how much the ball breaks on the green). So, totally different conditions than say the first three rounds. She is not taking that much time on an 8 footer in the first three rounds with no consequence.

    • Tim

      Feb 1, 2022 at 6:08 am

      The winner didn’t take that long on putts

    • Snapjack

      Feb 1, 2022 at 9:38 am

      If you’ve watched her play in the past you know she is as slow as they come. I can’t stand watching her play which is sad because she’s so good.

      • Livininparadise

        Feb 2, 2022 at 1:43 pm

        Yes, that is the entire point. This is not a one time occurrence for her. She is ridiculously slow.

  17. Yell N. Atdaclouds

    Jan 31, 2022 at 2:58 pm

    But if they bring in shot clocks, what will be whine about next??

    • larrybud

      Jan 31, 2022 at 8:49 pm

      What other rules should she be allowed to break?

  18. Boyo

    Jan 31, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    I tape golf broadcasts. I have a 30 second fast forward button which I use extensively for all golf. Slow play and watching 3 swings followed by 2 minutes of crap gives my finger plenty of exercise. Cable was originally invented to avoid commercials. Can’t keep the running dogs at bay for long.

    • Jeff

      Feb 3, 2022 at 12:28 pm

      This is me too. It’s funny all the money going into longer and longer commercial time when I’m just blasting through a 5 hour broadcast 30 seconds at a time.

  19. Doug Mael

    Jan 31, 2022 at 12:26 pm

    The criticism of Danielle Kang’s slow play could not be more spot-on, and the weather conditions are no excuse. Much of her diddling around and backing-off on her shots had little to do with the weather. Yes, winds were rather strong, but once you get your line and determine the pace at which you wish to hit your putt, there is no reason to either stand over the ball for an eternity or to step-in and back-off numerous times. I also noticed her doing the same thing on approach shots.

    Watching Kang and Lydia Ko was so painful that I had to turn off the broadcast after about 45 minutes of watching that nonsense.

    • dttruman

      Feb 1, 2022 at 3:14 pm

      I agree with you if a player is continuously slow, but Kang has been slow on occasions that are few and far between. As for it being windy as an excuse, I can buy that, but what I can’t buy is when some people are calling out Kang, but won’t call out guys for the same thing on windy days.

      • Doug Mael

        Feb 2, 2022 at 12:23 pm

        I call out EVERYBODY, including the guys and even my playing partners, for slow play. There is no excuse for it!

  20. Robert

    Jan 31, 2022 at 11:47 am

    What many fail to acknowledge in the discussion of slow play is that it has an effect on the other players, sometimes causing them to lose their momentum, and that is why it is not acceptable.

    Most of us have experienced it, when we are READY to hit our shot, we want to hit our shot, but we can’t because we have to wait on someone who can’t make up their mind. Having to wait excessively affects our execution of the shot.

    Most commonly experienced in Match Play, sometimes an opponent will “slow play” you to slow your momentum and try to gather their own.

    Other sports allocate timeouts so you can think over a tough situation, and the number is limited so you can’t hold up the momentum of the other players.

    • Shane

      Feb 2, 2022 at 11:53 am

      I completely agree that this is the main point that continually gets missed. Saying that it is ok to be slow because they are playing for lots of money is absurd. The players who cannot play at a reasonable pace because of snails in their group are playing for the same amount of money. Don’t they deserve the same chance to win this prize money? Golf is becoming unwatchable, outside of the majors.

  21. DukeOfChinoHills

    Jan 31, 2022 at 11:25 am

    No Laying Up definitely is “selective” with whom they direct their slow play ire. Perfect example here.

    • Hunter

      Jan 31, 2022 at 3:48 pm

      100% agree. NLU is as arrogant as it gets, imo. I stopped listening to them awhile ago.

      • Sometimes Lay Up

        Jan 31, 2022 at 7:04 pm

        In what way is NLU “arrogant”? I’ve never gotten that impression.

    • Thomas Fimple

      Jan 31, 2022 at 5:53 pm

      She always plays like this,enough is enough, she needs to pick it up or get fined or disqualified

    • Joey5Picks

      Jan 31, 2022 at 7:02 pm

      Can you give an example? I don’t recall them giving anyone in particular a “pass” on slow play.

  22. birdieman12

    Jan 31, 2022 at 9:01 am

    imagine being stuck behind her in a grocery store check out…. the cashier could take their lunch break and get back before she got 10 items out of her cart.

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Cam Smith fumes at ‘pretty s****y’ opening round at Australian Open



After an incredible week at the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship, Cameron Smith is off to a rough start at the Australian Open. The Champion Golfer of the Year struggled to hit fairways all day long and finished his round at +1 which is eight shots back of first-round leader David Micheluzzi (-7).

Smith, who received a massive ovation from the crowd, was extremely displeased, calling his play “pretty shitty” as he went from his post-round press conference to the practice range. The 29-year-old also said it was “as bad as I’ve played in a long time”.

“I don’t think it was a mixed bag, I think it was all rubbish to be honest,”

“Maybe some delayed tiredness, maybe. I did feel a little bit foggy out there at times, but it’s not really an excuse, it’s my job to do all that stuff.”

Despite the uninspiring round, the world number three still feels as if he can get back into the event and contend.

“It’s not like I don’t know how to play golf, it was just a bit of a bad day.”

“I’ve just got a few things to clean up, I think. Like I said last week [at the Australian PGA Championship], I felt as though the golf got better every day.”

The Aussie is incredible at recovery shots and finding his way out of trouble. But if he wants to be the first player to win the Australian PGA and Australian Open in the same season since 2011, he needs to start putting the ball in the fairway.

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‘Take the first shot!’ – Epic outburst captured between golfers at Australian Club Championship



Early this week, a clip of a hilarious outburst on the golf course was circulating the internet.

At the club championships at Cranbourne Golf Club in Australia, a golfer exploded in anger at another player who followed him on to the fairway.

During the two-part video, it looks like the man in red is angry at the older gentleman for hitting into his group.

At one point during the exchange, the man in white and grey says “Wanna smash me up, do ya?! I’m 61 years old!”.

Golf is game that can certainly bring out all of our emotions. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

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Tiger Woods gives intriguing update on his current level of play despite Hero withdrawal



It was all going so well for fans of Tiger Woods.

Last seen waving ‘goodbye’ to St. Andrews at the 150th Open Championship in July, there were signs that all was coming good once again.

The 46-year-old was a confirmed starter at his own Hero World Challenge this week, before a made-for-tv Match VII would have seen him pair up with current world number one Rory McIlroy against Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth.

The three-week run was then to end with the legend pairing up once again with son Charlie at the PNC Championship, another ‘fun’ event at which both excelled when running-up to the Daly’s last year.

Just a week ago, it was suggested that, despite that almost life-threatening car crash, Tiger was on his way to walking the full length of the Albany course this week, with journalist Dan Rapaport quoting Tiger as saying: “Can’t take a cart. This isn’t fantasy golf.”

And then it all went askew.

Tiger announced on Monday that he would have to withdraw from his own tournament, citing plantar fasciitis in his right foot as the reason for his non-attendance.

Although likely to appear in the remaining two events on his 2022 schedule, it’s of massive interest to discover how Tiger was  playing before the breaking news of his latest injury?

In an interview with Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis, the five-time Masters champion revealed the answer to be ‘pretty well, thank you!’

“I was playing at home quite a bit, playing 18 holes shooting 65s and 64s, and walked one nine holes and shot 5-under, I was playing well,”

However, as many have feared, the pressure and toil of a four-day competition might be too much:

“But it’s the added load, the back-to-back days, in a tournament situation of four days in a row. My planner just didn’t like it. The only thing I can do for it is to rest it. Obviously scrape it, ice it, stretch it, it just takes time.”

Golfers often talk of ‘the process’ – the repeated routines, constant practise, increasing the workload to gain full fitness, rhythm or technique – and, even though Tiger might be unlikely to compete at the very highest level again, he is determined to complete the rehabilitation as best as his body will allow.

“Oh yeah. The scores I was shooting were good,” he told Lewis. “I was doing beach walks. I was leg pressing a lot. I was doing a lot of different things that I hadn’t been able to do all year.”

Tiger isn’t naïve, though, and recognises some limitations, particularly the missed-cut at St. Andrews, something that hit him deep.

“I had a couple of setbacks, procedurally. That took time, and getting ready for a major championship that didn’t quite work out the way I wanted it to. It’s part of the process.”

Fans of one of, if not the greatest golfer of all-time should not have to wait long to see him in action on the course, but these constant instances are a concern.

We can only hope at some point he completes the process.

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