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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 142
CONGRATULATIONS, Jim Furyk. There’s barely a soul alive who doesn’t smile when the sun rises again on a champion’s career, and while Furyk is always there or thereabouts on Sundays, it had been almost five years since he held a winner’s cheque. So well done, old mate. Now here’s hoping we never have to watch you win another one. Don’t get me wrong – Furyk is well known as one of the PGA Tour’s great guys, he’s a very deserving champion and, of course, a two-time major winner. There are few players who have given more to the game than this particular 44-year-old veteran. But his pace of play around the greens is a blight on the game. Nay, it’s a disgrace. Over the ball, step back, reassess. Over the ball, step back, reassess. Wait. No. Maybe. Yes. No. Fooled you. Survey. Review. Wait. Putt. Only when Furyk is 100 per cent certain that he’s surveyed every possible undulation, variation and blade of grass on each green does he finally settle over his putt. And then steps away again. In the time it generally takes him to finally ready himself and send the damn ball on its way, five years have elapsed and it’s time for his next PGA Tour victory. It’s sinfully slow, and the simple solution is for the Tour to force him to speed things up. But that’s a tough one for any golfer. Obviously, a professional’s number one duty is to make sure he gets paid, and do whatever it takes to ensure that happens. Furyk clearly believes he needs a laborious build-up before each and every putt to give himself the best chance of being successful. So he’ll continue to do it. We can complain all we like, but it’s hard to argue with the man’s method when he’s just walked away with a trophy. But there’s a bigger picture in play here, and taking more than five hours to complete a round of golf is unacceptable at any level. You can’t sell a game to kids when for every second of action there’s 10 minutes of silent consideration and standing around. Golf’s role models owe it to the game to keep the product palatable so that there’s still an audience for it long after they’ve waggled a wedge for the last time. If Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson can all enjoy the kind of success they continue to, without taking an inordinate amount of time, then so can everyone else. So put a rocket up it, Jimbo, and do us all a favour. OTG the VIEW 'JIM WE HEAR CRICKETS' INCREDIBLY SLOW PLAYERS ARE SO HARD TO WATCH. I THOUGHT THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE 'ENTERTAINMENT'? by Adrian Ballantyne OTG senior writer POWER VAMP Increased stability and support DESIGNED TO BE THE COOLEST SHOE IN GOLF SHAPELOCK WITH OUTLAST® Locks in your foot and keeps it cool. STEALTH CLEAT Low-profile traction control POWER FRAME Ultra-thin TPU provides lightweight strength and support.
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