2013 U.S. Open: USGA's pace-of-play campaign takes a beating Saturday at Merion Golf Club

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The putting surfaces at Merion may be stimped faster than the ice the Bruins and Blackhawks are doing Stanley Cup battle on, but the guys on the greens seem to be stuck in mud.

Moving day at Merion? Not so you'd notice.

Tiger Woods' backward chip shot said it all, judging by the bashing on Twitter that the USGA's newly launched pace-of-play push received as the third round of the U.S. Open seemed to come to a virtual standstill.

Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson must be fuming. The boom baby twins imploded Friday after officials put them on the clock for pokiness, but there seemed to be no warning flags flying at Merion Golf Club on Saturday.

No arguing that competing in the U.S. Open bears absolutely no resemblance to the game recreational golfers play at their local tracks. Still, it seems as if the USGA picked the wrong week to go all Al Czervik on us.

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