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DP World Tour pro Mike Lorenzo-Vera hit out at the shocking state of slow play in an angry tweet midway through a nightmare round at the BMW International Open.

The Frenchman was 10-over through 11 holes during his horror second round in Munich.

And the outspoken 38-year-old was incensed with the glacial speed of play of the group in front as he was forced into painful waits despite seeing his game collapse with five bogeys, a double bogey and a triple.

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Lorenzo-Vera tweeted: “3h12 minutes for 11 holes. I’m 10 over. I should be running to catch the group in front. Hell no!!! We are waiting every single shot!!!!”

It is highly unusual to see a tour pro take to social media during a competition round, but Lorenzo-Vera’s level of discontent was clear as he made his feelings known at Golfclub Eichenried.

He teed off at one-over-par from the 10th on Friday morning a grouping behind German duo Tim Wiedemeyer and Alexander Knappe and New Zealand’s Daniel Hillier.

And plenty of fans understood Lorenzo-Vera’s frustration as his misery dragged on during his back nine before his missed cut was confirmed as he posted a woeful 12-over 84.

“Criminal – slow golf is just appalling,” one fan replied. “Feel your pain… slow golf kills my game,” another agreed.

The perennial slow play issue was brought back into sharp focus at the Masters this year when Brooks Koepka was left frustrated by the time taken by Patrick Cantlay, who is widely known as one of the worst offenders.

Koepka said the penultimate group that included Cantlay in the final round at Augusta National was “brutally slow”, while the world No.4 was subjected to similar criticism a week later whilst in contention at the RBC Heritage.

It is a problem that continues to irk golfers and fans alike, with Matt Fitzpatrick recently saying it is a “disgrace” that players are given ‘too much leeway’ to get around the course.

Colin Montgomerie also weighed in, claiming stronger punishments including shot penalties needed to be enforced for a significant changes to be made – but such deterrents seems unlikely.

That’s because PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, who recently stepped aside for health reasons, claimed in May that there are no immediate plans to penalise players who are guilty of slow play.

But there are surely not many worse feelings in golf than being consistently held up when already having a thoroughly unenjoyable round.

You suspect if Lorenzo-Vera was playing an inconsequential 18 holes at his home course, rather than on the DP World Tour stage, he may have walked in rather than waiting to finish off a horrendous round.

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Ben Parsons joined bunkered as a Content Producer in 2023 and is the man to come to for all of the latest news, across both the professional and amateur games. Formerly of The Mirror and Press Association, he is a member at Halifax Golf Club and is a long-suffering fan of both Manchester United and the Wales rugby team.

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