JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY | The worst thing about slow play in professional golf isn’t J.B. Holmes’ nap-inducing pace, though it ranks right up there and he’s not alone.
The most maddening piece of the perpetually puzzling puzzle is how little seems to change despite the nearly unanimous agreement that tournament golf generally takes an unnecessarily long time to play.
It’s like the old joke about the weather – everybody talks about it but no one does anything about it (and that was before climate change became a thing).
Whether it quickens the PGA Tour’s tempo or not, Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy speaking out this week about the slow-play problem is an important step.
The rank and file can gripe and moan all they want but it’s just background noise. When Koepka and McIlroy – Nos. 1 and 2 respectively as these FedEx Cup playoffs begin with the Northern Trust at Liberty National – start barking about the problem, it draws more attention. Perhaps not as much as television partners or title sponsors complaining, but it’s mean...
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