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.
I applaud the USGA's effort to address pace of play, but nothing would have a bigger impact than penalizing players for slow play this wk.— Adam Schupak (@GolfweekSchupak) June 15, 2013
@MattGinellaGC so usga and gc lecture avg golfer who pays to play (that is important) about pace, but pros are immune? Double standard.— Ryan Duffey (@TheDuckHook) June 15, 2013
Phil Mickelson has played 5.5 holes in 2 hours. At this rate, he'll turn 43 first. (No, really, he might- his birthday is tomorrow.)— Brendan Prunty (@BrendanPrunty) June 15, 2013
So much for the USGA's crackdown on pace of play. Tiger's group has played 8 holes. In more than 2 1/2 hours.— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) June 15, 2013
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.
Again, on slow play, I draw distinct line between pros & ams. High rough, fast greens, tucked pins, a major & tons of money...now hurry up!— Matt Ginella (@MattGinellaGC) June 15, 2013