If you follow the latest happenings on the PGA Tour, you’ll be familiar with the most recent controversial topic – slow play.
Golf is a game that requires careful decisions and a precise routine before executing each shot. But when these decisions begin to stretch the average time to play a round from four, to five, even six hours or longer, people start talking.
Who is the latest tour pro to blow the whistle on slow play?
Brooks Koepka of course! Fitting, considering his blunt honesty when it comes to how he believes the game should be played.
Koepka was recently quoted saying:
I think it’s gotten out of hand… I mean, I take 15 seconds and go, and I’ve done all right.
The spotlight on the pace of play problem sparked a recent feud (or what is perceived that way) between Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau, who has recently been subject to severe criticism for taking over three minutes to play a 70 yard shot at the Northern Trust Open.
Koepka and Dechambeau would later meet to clear the air and resolve their differences. However, the problem still remains.
But Koepka is not the only one frustrated with the less-than-ideal five-plus hour rounds. Other big names on the tour like Rory Mcilroy, Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, and Tommy Fleetwood have all made clear their distaste for the current pace of play experienced on tour.
So, what is the PGA Tour doing to address this this issue?
The players advisory council met to discuss the issue earlier this week at Midinah. Although it isn’t clear if any solidified solutions are being put into place, officials announced they will begin to implement Shotlink technology to further assess the problem and gather data.
This is the first step to address a problem that has frustrated players and fans alike.
With the FedEx Cup playoffs heating up, here’s hoping the issue of slow play will be resolved in a timely manner.