SLOW PLAY IS A REAL TURN OFF

Today's Golfer (UK) - - FIRST TEE - BRIAN THOMAS, POOLE

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.

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