“While We’re Young” not for Henrik Stenson at Bay Hill!
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Henrik Stenson blames Tour officials for rushing him at Bay Hill.
Henrik Stenson’s stellar putting in the first three rounds of the Arnold Palmer Invitational put him in a two-shot lead entering the final round on March 22, ’15.
On the 15th hole, Stenson stumbled with a putt and dropped a shot. At the same hole, he and playing competitor Morgan Hoffman were put on the clock for the second time by PGA Tour rules officials. Stenson said that he rushed his reads down the stretch to avoid falling further behind. The critical three-putts on holes 15 and 16 were the difference between winning and losing by a shot.
Stenson said he realizes they have times to consider, but if one or two minutes on the broadcast are going to make it or break it, they need to have more leeway with it. He also said the players should be able to have 5 extra seconds to not rush their routines.
With the huge Pace of Play controversy recently, citing that slow golf is hurting the game, it’s interesting that this story occurred at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Course.
Arnie spearheaded the “while we’re young” slogans and signs campaign a couple of years ago to encourage players to play faster.
How do you feel about this? Should Tour Players not be put on the clock, or should they set an example for the rest of us by playing within an acceptable time frame?
Source: Rosemary Sole
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