Gradual play on the PGA Tour is out of hand. On Sunday, throughout the remaining spherical of the Genesis Open, eventual winner and famous slow-play fanatic J.B. Holmes took an eternity to line up a putt.
As talked about throughout the broadcast, Holmes may have been lining up his putt and studying the inexperienced on the fourth gap whereas his enjoying accomplice Justin Thomas was doing the identical, as a substitute he selected to face round and wait his flip earlier than continuing to undergo the motions.
Certain, that is allowed, however it’s ridiculous and isn’t solely irritating for viewers, but additionally the fellows enjoying alongside him. Holmes then proceeded to plum-bob the one-footer he had left, which is a bit little bit of overkill.
Holmes isn’t the primary participant this season to be criticized for gradual play; Bryson DeChambeau, who does extra math, geometry, and physics earlier than a shot than a school professor does in a semester, bought beneath Brooks Koepka’s pores and skin.
“I simply don’t perceive the way it takes a minute and 20 seconds, or a minute and 15 to hit a golf ball — it’s not that onerous.”
Koepka later stated, “nobody ever has the balls to really penalize them,” of gradual gamers.
“Normally, when you’re placed on the clock it’s ’trigger you’re gradual, and guys preserve being placed on the clock, preserve doing it, preserve doing it however nobody ever has the balls to really penalize them.”
This isn’t the primary time J.B. has been criticized for his gradual play.
In January of 2018, Holmes took 4 minutes and 10 seconds to hit a shot that was a layup on the 72nd gap on the Farmers Insurance coverage Open whereas Alex Noren was pressured to attend.
There was loads of response from each followers and professionals alike on Twitter throughout the 4 minutes, however nothing has modified, and the PGA Tour has but to say that it’ll start penalizing gamers for this.
Final group was over a gap behind, we are able to all blame JB…and sure the participant ought to take accountability for his or her tempo of play, but when they don’t that’s why we have now Tour officers – they wanted to step shortly in the past IMO.
— Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) January 28, 2018
1. JB must be fined or higher but given 2 pictures
2 Wants eagle to tie. In any case that lays up? Actually???
three Horrendous sportsmanship to Noren and Palmer
four wow 😲
— Mark Calcavecchia (@MarkCalc) January 28, 2018
I suppose guidelines solely apply for some gamers. That was ridiculous how lengthy it took him to play that shot. The principles officers want to vary your coverage on gradual play and be extra lively on gradual gamers and you will not have these 5 half six hour spherical. @PGATOURmedia @GolfChannel #fines
— Ken Duke (@DukePGA) January 29, 2018
Certain, you possibly can take a look at a few of it as gamesmanship within the second and say that Holmes is trying to rattle his opponent, however this additionally occurs on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, not simply throughout the remaining spherical.
After profitable on Sunday, Holmes addressed his gradual play by defending himself and blaming the circumstances.
Q. The circumstances made issues actually robust, however there was numerous dialogue on the published and social media in regards to the tempo of play right this moment. What had been your ideas in regards to the tempo and is that one thing you had been desirous about or engaged on?
J.B. HOLMES: “Properly, you play in 25 mile an hour gusty winds and see how briskly you play while you’re enjoying for the sort of cash and the factors and all the pieces that we’re enjoying for. The greens are quick, the ball Adam had a putt, he saved setting the ball down and it was rolling.
“You’ll be able to’t simply rise up there and whack it when it’s blowing that onerous. You’ve bought to learn wind and there’s numerous slope on these greens. It’s not a simple golf course and also you throw in winds like that. On 13 or 14, the par three, I hit a 5 iron and it stays fairly good. He hits a 5iron actually good and a gust of wind comes up and he comes up like 15 yards quick, and I believe he hit it higher than I hit mine. It’s very robust. Then while you get placing like that, it’s simply not going to be quick anyplace.”
After which he talked about that he was by no means placed on the clock:
J.B. HOLMES: “I’ve been gradual prior to now. I don’t assume as gradual as I imply, I’m not the quickest participant, however I imply, like I stated, it was actually windy right this moment and we waited loads early. On the finish, I took a bit bit longer on the finish, however you’re speaking about getting all the way down to the event, you’re speaking in regards to the final 9 holes of the event. I imply, I believe appropriate me if I’m fallacious, however I believe numerous occasions the final group of the event will get a bit bit behind.
“So, I used to be by no means even near being on the clock all week. I imply, yeah, once I first bought out right here I used to be actually gradual, however I’ve sped up fairly a bit. Like I stated, the circumstances made it more durable, too. Typically you’re ready for the wind to cease blowing 30 miles an hour. Like I stated, I’ve gotten higher. There’s occasions once I’m most likely too gradual, however it’s what it’s. I used to be by no means on the clock. No person by no means even bought a warning. TV needs all the pieces to be actual quick on a regular basis.”
And that’s the drawback. The PGA Tour seems to not care as a result of the longer it takes for these guys to play, the extra TV time and promoting they get and as a substitute of worrying about fixing pace-of-play they’re extra centered on letting gamers put on shorts throughout observe and pro-am rounds.
Adam Scott confirmed as a lot after the ultimate spherical.
Adam Scott: “My factor on gradual play is it is by no means gonna change. Simply recover from it. Till tv and sponsors say ‘No extra money,’ gradual play ain’t gonna change.”
— Will Grey (@WillGrayGC) February 18, 2019
In the meantime, on the Internet.com Tour throughout the remaining spherical of the LECOM Suncoast Basic, Matt Each pulled up a chair on the par-5 16th at Lakewood Nationwide Golf Membership whereas ready for the group in entrance of him to play.
Agent Drew Carr shared an image of the brilliance on Twitter after which talked about that his caddie actually carried it from the 16th tee field on.
16 tee field. Caddy carried it the remainder of the best way. What a legend.
— Drew Carr (@DrewCarr_) February 18, 2019
Not all heroes put on capes.
Hopefully, someday we’ll see Brooks and J.B. paired collectively down the stretch on a Sunday and whereas J.B. is taking his candy time, Brooks stretches out in a chair and takes a nap.