J. B. Holmes picked up his first PGA Tour victory since 2015 on Sunday when he fought off Justin Thomas to win the Genesis Open at famed Riviera CC in Los Angeles.
But all that anyone wanted to talk about, both during, and after the final round was how dreadfully played slow holmes. The criticisms were fair and accurate because the most part it was brutally painful to watch.
The talk of slow play on the PGA Tour has been going on for years but it has really picked up lately as it seems more and more players are taking their sweet time over each and every shot of their round. It is turning into a serious problem for the PGA Tour, which is trying to market its game to a younger crowd. And it's something the Tour must quickly fix, by simply punishing slow players during the round, because the longer goes on the more people are going to tune out.
Who really wants to watch moments like this from Sunday when it took Holmes basically forever to putt:
Last Sunday's final group of Holmes, who are known for being one of the slowest guys on Tour, Thomas, and Adam Scott needed five hours and 29 minutes to complete their round, which is just insane, especially when you consider these comparisons:
Yup, that's a problem for the PGA Tour.
So why is this becoming such an issue? Mostly because nobody is punishing these players for their slow play. There are rules on the books for pace and groups do get put on the clock sometimes if they fall behind the group in front of them but individual players don't get penalized at all for their slow play.
In other words , why would you speed up if you are not going to get punished?
Adam Scott, who isn't a slow player, thinks this problem will just continue to be a thing because of two things, according to Golf Digest:
“There is a big media fuss, a big feeling [among fans] that we play slow, and we do, but the tour is an entertainment business and a big money maker for a lot of people,” the 38- year-old Australian said. "Until sponsors and TV tell the commissioner you play too slow and we're not putting money up, it's a waste of time talking about because it's not going to change."
And it's true. The PGA Tour most likely doesn't have to go through during the final round of the tournament's leaderboard on docking a player on a stroke.
But what should be done because you have to think one punishment could be all It takes to speed things up for quite some time
Until that happens, fans, at least those who are still watching, are going to have to sit through more mind-boggling moments like the one below from Bryson DeChambeau. While this happened on the European Tour, DeChambeau is brutally slow no matter where he is playing. Warning, this video is tough to watch, second half of when it comes to its breakdown air density:
Could you imagine a casual fan tuning in at the moment?
What golf really needs is more players like Dustin Johnson, who provided his ideal pre-shot routine earlier this year:
As for Holmes, Sunday wasn't the first time he's angered people with his slow play. He did just that last year at the Farmers Insurance Open when on the last hole he took over four minutes to decide what to do with his second shot. Trailing by two strokes, he debated about going to the green on the par 5 in two, which would give him a chance to make eagle and tie for the lead.
Instead, after way too much thought, he opted to lay up , meaning he was basically giving up his chance to win the tournament which just got everyone's mind, including fellow pro Luke Donald who fired these two shots at the time:
The PGA Tour has arguably never been better than it is right now, with tons of big-name players that fans love to watch battle week.
But if this slow play stuff keeps hap
CBS analyst and golf fans ripped J.B. Holmes for his dreadfully slow pace of play