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The day where time stood still at the Masters … but not in a good way

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Yesterday’s first round of the Masters will be remembered for a lot of reasons. It marked the beginning of Tiger Woods’ comeback to the game, as well as the return of Fred Couple and Tom Watson to the top of a star-studded leaderboard. All in all, there was a lot that went right on Thursday.

Went didn’t go right, however, was the pace of play at Augusta National. Golfweek’s Alistair Tait was the first to mention this problem on a day when most of the working media was filing stories on Tiger’s return.

Most probably didn’t notice it, but the pace of play was borderline absurd. During yesterday’s first round, the BBC’s Peter Alliss lamented aloud that the pace of play for Tiger’s group was moving at a snail’s pace. He was right. The 5 hours and 45 minutes it took to complete the round proved to us once again that the game has a problem with pace of play.

Now I know professional rounds today usually take upwards of 5 hours and 15 minutes to complete, but 5 hours and 45 minutes to play a round of golf? I’m sorry, but that’s pushing into municipal golf rounds on a Saturday afternoon in May. Only then should a six-hour round be the norm. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/09/2010 at 11:42 am