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Tiger Woods backs Jason Day’s slow play

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• Tiger Woods backs Jason Day’s controversial pace of play
• The 29-year-old Aussie said he ‘didn’t care’ about speeding up
• Mentor Woods agreed: “You’ve got to be deliberate”

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Jason Day has received the backing from Tiger Woods over his controversial slow play stance.

Earlier this year, the 29-year-old said he ‘didn’t care’ about speeding up his game, despite being recognised as one of the slower players on the PGA Tour, and said he had to get back to what makes him good.

His comments were condemned by fellow PGA Tour players Billy Horschel and Brandt Snedeker, the latter of who said that it ‘wasn’t the right statement to be making’.

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The 2014 Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, meanwhile, believes he’s put a huge amount of attention on himself now and doesn’t believe that will improve his game.

However, despite criticism, Day has received backing arguably from the person who matters most: his confidante, mentor and 14-time major champion Tiger Woods.

According to the New York Journal, the Aussie told Woods during a phone call that he was doing his best to speed up, “but every time I try to do it, I feel like gathering information and hitting the shot combine into one, and there are too many things flying around and I can’t concentrate.”

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And Woods, who complained about the pace of play during the first round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic before withdrawing, backed him 100%.

Woods responded: “Why would you speed up? You’ve got to be deliberate. You’ve got to hit the correct shot.”

Jason Day last tasted victory nine months ago at The Players Championship and has lost his place as world No.1 after 47 consecutive weeks following Dustin Johnson’s win at the Genesis Open.

Tiger Woods backs Jason Day’s slow play

What do you make of Tiger Woods’ support for Jason Day’s slow play? Leave us your thoughts in the ‘Comments’ section below.

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13 Comments

  1. Donald Sutherland

    February 20, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Slow play is driving people away from the game both from the playing side but the spectator side of it as well. I’m very surprised that Tiger Woods is encouraging this, he seems to have forgotten who made him what he is, the golfing public

  2. Andrew Bond

    February 20, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Imagine if that idiot was out first in the monthly medal, you wouldn’t have a member left. Trouble is juniors will copy him then the future will be shite

  3. David Howard

    February 20, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Woods comments are deplorable. How are we ever to get more people to play our great game when they will be put off by waiting on some copying Jason Day’s speed of play?

    If our tournament officials and game administrators have any respect for the game at all levels, they should now look to actively impose punishment for slow play. If there is an official with every group then there are no reasons why they cannot all be put on the clock. Above all, make the punishment something that will hurt all players equally, ie shot penalties. A fine makes no difference to a multi-millionaire but would unfairly punish an up and coming player.

    Golfers make such a big deal about respecting the rules of the game and in most cases call penalties upon themselves. However the pace of play is one area that some decide not to call time on themselves for.

    At the grass roots level, quicker play means you have potential to get more players on the course so increase income.

    Regards

    David Howard

  4. Gerry

    February 20, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Golfers simply cannot play at the same speed. We all have different routines. Some of by buddies, simply walk up to the ball & hit it. Whereas I take two practice swings. Gordon however can have four or five practice swings before hitting the ball….and lets not talk about the time he takes on the greens. But that’s what he needs to do to get the best out of his round & enjoy himself So if Jason takes a bit longer, then so be it. He certainly didn’t get to number one by rushing around the course. Good advice Tiger.

  5. David Stubley

    February 20, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Sadly this just confirms that Woods does not give a damn about the game. It is and always has been totally about him. Day is slower than continental drift. If anyone seriously thinks this attitude does not effect the amateur game all they have to do is stand and watch at any course. Some pre shot routines are so long that you lose the will to live Very few people are happy for rounds which last 5+ hours but littles seems to be being done about it at the top of the game.

  6. Steven Browning

    February 20, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    I play golf a few times a week.I used to have handicap of 15 but now looks like 21 after weekend rounds.When I started playing about 27 years ago I was considered a slow player but not my actual golf it was looking for balls as I was always putting them in trouble.Today I play with the attitude if a bounce game I might look for the ball,medal golf I take 2 minutes to look then declare the ball lost and move on.I do not take practice swings I stand behind the ball for a few seconds to try and see where I would like to put the ball.On the tee it is ready golf no time wasting waiting for others to play if ready you go,the greens I look for a couple of seconds then play if the ball stops near hole I will tap in but if I need to a couple of seconds I take them.In my opinion I play at a fair pace,some of the stuff you see on the course is truly mind boggling,on a par 5 guy hits his tee shot 210 yards then gets to his ball and proceed to wait for the green to clear with something like 260yards to go,why they never make it but they have stood 7 minutes to play a shot they cannot execute,then the greens I watch so many people on the green walking round staring at the flag then they hold putter up in the air around eyelevel then promptly three putt.I have some mobility problems which make golfing quiet a task some days but I never hold the course up I am often in a group that are very slow at times I often feel embarassed at the slow speed I then try to speed my game up or get frustrated and start losing my composure leading to me picking up or NRs.Sorry for long winded message but trying to explain how I feel about slow play,it needs to be dealt with but not to the point of people making mistakes trying to hurry.On the tee when you start heading to your ball go and find your own ball and play then walk to your buddy and give him a hand looking for his ball about three minutes saved 18 holes go figure.

  7. David Howard

    February 20, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Gerry,
    Seriously? If it works for him then go for it?

    There are multiple, in my opinion, silly rules in golf that are obeyed religiously yet the rule regarding the time to take a shot is blatantly ignored.

    If it were enforced across all players they would have no choice but to adapt their pre-shot routine to allow them to complete their shot in the allotted time. If you let them carry on as they do now then their routines will become ever longer, involve their coach, physio, mental health guru to name a few before they have a vote to decide how to play the shot. They need to get back to the basics,

    The guy with most pressure on him to conform would typically be the first of the two or threeball to play. But what is to stop the others going through their thought process and club selection while he plays? Then when it is his/her turn they should be able to execute immediately.

    Sort it out at the top of the game and the rest will surely follow their lead. Fail to do so and be prepared for 5 plus hour rounds to be the norm.

  8. drew dunn

    February 20, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    rubbish , he is usually first on tee and takes for ages to get a club out ,even if it is a driver . maybe he should play more practise rounds on the course before hand . also as he is usually longest drive in the group ,he stands and watches the others play before he even thinks about his shot . after they have played he then starts considering the distance , wind , rain , heat ,lie of the ball etc . surely he should be doing this as his playing partners are doing the same .instead he waits till they play then starts his routine .40 year ago you could not get a saturday afternoon medal time but now you can get what you want because it used to take 3 hours now takes over 4 mainly because the young ones watch day and speth and follow their examples .woods is a hypocrite as three weeks ago it he was complaining how long it took to play a round

  9. June Blakely

    February 20, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Being slow may help your pal to enjoy his game but it destroys the game for most others on the course. It is the ultimate selfishness in the game.

  10. Ken

    February 20, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    I think the golfers who are naturally fast players need to have more patience with the players who are naturally slow players. However both fast and slow players could save time by speeding up their preparation before addressing the ball.

  11. Paul Willliamson

    February 20, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    The big problem here is not the pros. If taking an age helps Jason Day be number 1 in the world and he’s allowed to do that, why would change that in favour of being part of trying to encourage juniors at our local club to speed up?

    The problem has a solution and it lies with the governing bodies. Neither of them have the guts to actually put a punishment into practice. If players are penalised shots, they may complain, but they’d speed up next week.

  12. David Gorrman

    February 20, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    I would have a marshall follow slow players like Day and anytime they took more than 30 secs over a shot let off a klaxon on their downswing.

  13. Stewart G.

    February 21, 2017 at 11:25 am

    I like that idea but the klaxon might put others off so maybe the marshal could shoot them with a paintball gun and for every splat counted at the end of the round you were penalized a stroke.
    It would be good fun to watch:-)

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