Column: Video sheds new light on old problem of slow play


Published 5:09 p.m. ET Aug. 13, 2019


MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) — This could go down as one of the most memorable years in golf.

Tiger Woods won the Masters following four surgeries on his back, and just two years after he feared he might never compete again. The British Open was not held in Britain for the first time in 68 years. Two players went from college to PGA Tour winners in a span of two months.

And the PGA Tour might finally get around to doing something about pace of play.

The Player Advisory Council is meeting this week during the BMW Championship, and slow play is on the agenda. The tour all along had planned on the final PAC meeting of the year to be devoted entirely to solutions for a problem that apparently has no quick fix or it would have been fixed a long time ago.

So this could take some time.

One possibility the tour raised was timing players even when they were not out of position on the golf course.

The tour is equipped with ShotLink laser technology that tracks every shot by every player on every hole in every round. For about the last 10 years, players have received individual reports on…

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