J.B. Holmes choice to take 4 minutes and 10 seconds to hit his second shot on the ultimate gap of the Farmers Insurance coverage Open brought about fairly a stir. Holmes stood ready for the wind to die down after Ryan Palmer had hit his second shot and whereas Alex Noren, who was tied for the lead, waited for an opportunity to hit his. This made the gang stressed, Twitter indignant, and commentators Jim Nantz and Nick Faldo point out the state of affairs.
I wrote that the PGA Tour wants to deal with the state of affairs or gamers can be standing ready for favorable winds every time they see the chance to realize a bonus.
Nevertheless, there are some who really feel that J.B. did nothing mistaken, together with Justin Thomas and PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan.
Thomas, the 2017 Participant of the Yr, informed the media forward of the Waste Administration Phoenix Open that he, “has J.B.’s again.”
By way of Golfweek, “I’ve J.B.’s again all day on that state of affairs. It bothered me and I hate it for him. I went as much as him (Tuesday) and advised him … it was an awesome event for him, however I’ve a tough time saying I wouldn’t do something in another way than he did.”
“Should you put me in 18 fairway and I want an eagle to win the golf event or to have an opportunity to win the golf event, I imply I knew the precise place he was in and I might do the identical factor. If I’ve a 5-wooden in my palms – and he hits it fairly comparable trajectory to me – that factor’s going to go excessive. And into the wind, he’s into a few 10- to fifteen-mph wind, that wind gusts in any respect, prefer it was, when he was ready for the gusts to go down, that ball’s within the water. Three-wooden, so long as he hits it, has no probability. You noticed the place (Alex) Noren hit it and J.B.’s in all probability longer than Noren, so and then he’s obtained no probability.”
“So he’s debating what to do, what to not do. I get it, four minutes, 10 seconds is a very long time, however no one behind him, final gap, you want a ‘three’ to win the golf event, you have to take so long as you possibly can.”
Whereas it’s straightforward to know that there are gamers who would agree with what J.B. did, that doesn’t imply it’s not an issue that must be addressed.
That brings us to PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, who had beforehand said that he didn’t consider tempo of play was a problem. He reiterated that sentiment with the assertion under.
“Because it pertains to J.B. … He was within the warmth of the second. It’s actually arduous to win out right here. You’re making an attempt to assume by means of how one can get on the inexperienced in two with that quantity of wind. I feel he thought it will subside shortly, and it subsided and picked again up, and I feel he stated what he wanted to say.”
That is additionally an inexpensive line of considering, however not when it takes 4 minutes and 10 seconds to hit the shot. One minute is ok, two minutes is pushing it, however 4 minutes? 4 minutes is a joke and makes it appear as if the participant can simply stand all day ready for a positive wind earlier than deciding to hit regardless of the circumstances.
That is unacceptable and it seems that the one means one thing goes to get achieved to vary that is if the networks become involved and strain the PGA Tour to hurry up play, nevertheless, if the networks see this sort of controversy as one thing that may appeal to viewers why would they need it modified?
It seems that for now that tempo of play won’t be addressed by anybody with any type of energy to vary it, so simply get used to these six-hour rounds as a result of they aren’t going anyplace for now.