Slow play debate: Vote on what should be done to speed up golf
By Sky Sports Golf
Last Updated: 22/02/18 8:15pm
The contentious issue of slow play reared its ugly head once again during the final round of the Genesis Open, but what is the solution to speed up the sport?
Bubba Watson made a return to the winner's circle with a two-shot victory at Riviera, his 10th PGA Tour title, in a round that was once again overshowed by a number of players taking excessive amounts of time to play their shots.
The final threeball of Watson, Cameron Smith and Patrick Cantlay needed five hours and 20 minutes to complete their round, while the penultimate group - containing Kevin Na - also took an excessive amount of time to get through 18 holes.
Na was heavily criticised on social media by Sky Sports viewers - including former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen - for taking an age to play his shots, particularly after needing more than a minute to nudge in a three-footer for par at the second hole.
In reply to your thoughts. 1 out of 2000 thought Cantlay was ok. The problem, JB Holmes. Over 4 mins to hit at Torrey.I would have said, JB, you need to draw the club back or 2 shots. Nobody did that. He’s in the clear. Right orWrong? We all know the answer.— Ewen Murray (@ewenmurray77) February 19, 2018
Cantlay's painfully slow pre-shot routine was also ridiculed by those watching the action from California, although no player was punished at any point by the PGA Tour for slow play.
The latest issues come just weeks after JB Holmes took more than four minutes to play a shot during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open, with pace of play incidents starting to generate debate more frequently on the golf circuit.
There have been calls for the sport's governing bodies to become more forceful in stamping down on the issue which, for many, is ruining the enjoyment factor of watching golf.
How would you improve the pace of play in golf? Tweet in your comments to @SkySportsGolf and vote on how you think slow play should be punished!
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