One of the first questions I had for Renato Paratore, the winner of this summer’s Betfred British Masters, is whether his rare speed about the course goes down OK with his fellow players. The answer was in the affirmative. “When slow players find themselves paired with me, I think they are very happy that they can go slower.”
“You mean that they can take the time that you’re not taking?”
A chuckle preceded the response: “Exactly.”
Paratore – who turns 24 on Monday – said that he would prefer his colleagues to pick up speed, both for the good of the European Tour and the good of on-site spectators. But long gone are the days when the pace of play of others had an adverse effect on him.
Needless to say, he has enjoyed his share of positive results in 2020. In addition to his victory at Close House in July, Paratore finished strongly for a top-10 at Wentworth in the BMW PGA Championship in October and tied 13th at last week’s Golf in Dubai Championship, a warm-up for this week’s DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Est...
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