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If you need proof that slow play is a problem that affects every level of the game, look no further.

The clip below is from the final of the US Junior Girls Championship contested by the USA’s Jillian Bourdage and Ye Lei of China.

A tight match was ultimately won by Lei on the 36th hole but that was over-shadowed by the amount of time it took 17-year-old Bourdage to hit a short putt on the 31st hole of their head-to-head at SentryWorld in Stevens Point.

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After missing a birdie putt to square the match, Bourdage was left with a three-foot putt for a halve to remain one-down with five holes to play. Almost a minute-and-a-half passed before she hit the stroke.

Watch the footage for yourself…

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Tough watch, isn’t it?

The clip has since gone viral , attracting attention of some of the world’s top golfers in the process.

It begs an interesting question, though. Why didn’t a rules official deal with this? Indeed, why aren’t rules officials dealing with slow play more generally?

The issue is reaching epidemic levels at the top of the game – just ask world Brooks Koepka – but nothing ever seems to be done about it.

Europe’s 2018 Ryder Cup-winning captain Thomas Bjorn chimed in with some thoughts…

Your thoughts…

How do you think golf should tackle slow play ? Leave your thoughts in our Comments section below.

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