The Zurich Classic, TPC Louisiana, is the first team event on the PGA Tour in 36 years but it’s now in the headlines for producing the first penalty for slow play since 1995.
It’s only taken 22 years but PGA Tour officials stated that Miguel Angel Carballo and Brian Campbell were penalized one shot on the 14th hole during the first round of the Zurich Classic, for their second bad time of the round.
Both players were in the tournament as alternates, Campbell, in his rookie season, and Argentinian Carballo were paired together in the final group to tee off on Thursday morning.
A report by the Associated Press said:
The team was first put on the clock on the par-4 10th hole and when Carballo went over his allotted 40 seconds on the 12th hole he received a bad time. Then Campbell had a bad time on the 14th hole.
Slow-play penalties haven’t made headlines in PGA Tour events for quite some time. Convention on the tour is that players are first put on the clock if they’re falling off the pace. If a golfer proceeds to get another bad time, he receives a warning. A second bad time in the same round earns the player a one-shot penalty.
Much of the controversy surrounds the pair constituting as one team. On the scorecard, Carballo and Campbell are recognised as a single player, by the Tour’s pace-of-play rules.
Meaning two bad times for one body, Carballo and Campbell tried to protest but were penalised a stroke on the 14th hole. On the scorecard, it meant a bogey rather than the original par and an opening 2-over 74, the bottom of the leader board in Avondale.
Campbell made these comments on the incident prior to Friday’s action.
I felt it was a little unfair, but there’s nothing we can do about it now. Just have to move on and focus on the second round.
Until yesterday, the last slow-play penalty issued on the PGA Tour was to Glen Day in the third round of the 1995 Honda Classic.
Major Championships, which aren’t run by the PGA Tour, have seen stroke-play penalties awarded in recent years. Notably, Hideki Matsuyama during 2013 Open Championship, third round and 14-year-old Guan Tianlang in the second round of the 2013 Masters.