Jason Day ran away from Louis Oosthuizen in Sunday’s match play championship round in Austin. Unfortunately, the methodical way with which the new world No. 1 dispatched of Oosthuizen -- and Rory McIlroy before him in the semifinals -- was more like an agonizingly sluggish trudge to the finish line that had golf watchers racing for their Twitter feeds.
Jason Day: half man, half machine, half asleep. #DellMatchPlay— Paul Mahoney (@paulmahoneygolf) March 27, 2016
Jason day played 101 holes this week. It only seemed like 1001...— John Huggan (@johnhuggan) March 27, 2016
Granted, Day was dealing with a bad back that nearly forced him to withdraw from the WGC-Dell Match Play during Thursday’s opening round. And on Sunday he was one of just four competitors on the course, which meant cameras captured his every glacial move that included a lengthy pre-shot routine involving visualization.
Thanks to Jason Day, 18-handicappers will be taking time to close their eyes, visualize shots this week...then shooting 95 in 5 hours.— Tim Cowlishaw (@TimCowlishaw) August 16, 2015
But tell that to the judge -- or, in this case, perhaps, the rules officials. At least one of Day’s regular opponents was long gone from Austin City Limits by Sunday, when online carping about the pace of play from the reigning PGA champion with a poignant life story and gracious demeanor reached critical mass.
Indeed, Billy Horschel -- who went 1-3 at Austin CC -- believes the only way to crack down on slow play is to add strokes to offending players’ scorecards.
@ESPNCaddie... Heard the Day vs Rory match took 4 hours. Umm not good.— Billy Horschel (@BillyHo_Golf) March 27, 2016
@ghostofhogan... Agree. Fines don't matter. Start taking shots away and watch how quick everyone plays.— Billy Horschel (@BillyHo_Golf) March 27, 2016
Last week was not the first time the clip at which Day paces himself was the subject of withering criticism.
Hey @TigerWoods, the next time you give Jason Day some advice can you please kindly tell him to speed it the hell up? Thanks.— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) March 20, 2016
Secret Tour Pro (who purports to be just that but who knows?) earlier this year complained that "Jason AllDay" was slower even than those notorious tortoises Ben Crane, Kevin Na and Keegan Bradley.
"The biggest high profile culprit of slow play is Jason Day! We should call him Jason AllDay, he's that slow!" STP said in a column. "F@#% me, he reminds me of that moment at the dentist when your having a root canal and any moment he will be finished and then he utters those dreadful words 'just a few more minutes then I'll be done!’
"I watched him on the 17th at the BMW in November taking nine minutes over his tee shot on a Par 3! Yes, you heard that correct, NINE F&$#@% MINUTES!*
"Who takes nine minutes over a tee shot? I could of played the hole, read a book, took a shower, washed my hair and got dry in that time! The game has gone beyond a joke! In total his round took 5hr 45min, just think in that time I could of (nearly) flown to New York from Europe!"
STP weighed in again on Sunday …
… and at least a majority of social media members responding to one poll agreed with the assessments of Horschel and his purportedly anonymous crony.
Is Jason Day to slow.— Mark Crossfield (@4golfonline) March 27, 2016
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