SLOW PLAY IS A REAL TURN OFF
The excitement of the play-off at the Memorial Tournament was overshadowed by the abysmal pace of play during the final round. Yet again, no penalties were applied and the players took full advantage. A threeball, including Patrick Cantlay, took eight minutes from arriving at their tee shot to actually playing their approach into 17 (or maybe it was at 18 as I was nodding off!). No one tunes in to see painstakingly slow debating and map reading by players and caddies – we expect to see some golf action! If tournament officials continue to ignore this problem, then they shouldn’t be surprised when viewers turn off. They should remember they are competing with many other channels for their audiences’ entertainment.