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."