Top Players Living on Borrowed Time

Much has been said and written about the Achilles Heel of golf, slow play, but whilst the rest of us can pack in an 18-hole two-ball into a morning or afternoon, the top players are taking their time, and ours, with impunity and without sanction from officials who talk the talk but won’t walk the walk on a practice that is blighting the game as a spectator sport

Jason Day is one of the worst offenders over slow play in professional golf

How appropriate it is that one of the worst offenders over slow play in professional golf is Jason Day, the Australian a headline writer’s dream with opportunities such as, ‘All Day Long,’ and, ‘Day After Day,’ available to them.

Yet the current world number-one insisted at last month’s season-opening Tournament of Champions in Hawaii that, for him, it’s business as usual, revealing he has no intention of speeding-up his snail-like pace, and that there is one set of rules for the elite of the game and a different one for those of us who take far more shots than the pros, yet manage to outpace them on every occasion.

"Obviously [slow play is] a big subject in golf, to speed up the game," the affable Australian said, adding "In my opinion, I don't care so much about speeding up my game. I've got to get back to what makes me good. If that means I have to back off five times, then I'm going to back off five times before I have to actually hit the shot.”

Currently the best player in the world ploughed on regardless, saying, “Because for recreational golf, I understand, but for golfers that are trying to win and that one shot that could take you out of a playoff, that's important, and you need to make sure that you get everything correct.

“Because we're driven by results; we want to be the best and we want to do everything, but like the Average Joe just doesn't get it. I think that was just one of the things that I wasn't as deliberate that I should have been, and that's what I've got to try and do a lot more, is be a little bit more deliberate going into a shot and make sure I do everything correctly."

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