Keep Calm and Play Fast
By mustang6560 on 8/1/13
The USGA, the R&A, the PGA of America, and the Masters Tournament could learn a thing or two from the Ladies Golf Union.

The LGU, which hosts the Ricoh Women's British Open, isn't going to tolerate slow play at the fourth major championship of the year. In fact, Susan Simpson, the head of golf operations at the LGU, said they plan to aggressively penalize slow play.
"2007 was a bit of a watershed for us in slow play," she admitted. "After that we instigated policies in amateur golf, the use of strict times and clocks at points on the course. We don't have a problem with slow play in women's amateur golf now, I believe.

"This week is the only week we deal with the professionals and we've obviously got to deal with two other organising bodies too. But we have full support from the LPGA and the Ladies European Tour for our slow-play policies. The rules officials out there are under instruction to come down hard on any slow play. We've set four hours and 30 minutes and we think that's achievable."
I'm all for speeding up the pace of play for professional golf, but expecting players to play championship golf in 4:30 hours is almost too much. It'll be interesting to see if the LGU actually hands out a slow play penalty.

h/t Geoff Shackelford

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ally1957 says:
why not they have in the past
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