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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 148
T I F PEREZ had his way, he’d probably scoot through his PGA Tour rounds in under three hours. But, unfortunately, there are 100 or so other players standing between him and his post-round practice session. Perez told USA Today that rather than spend every hour of his day mired in frustration at the pace of play, he now plays as quickly as his partners and surrounding groups will allow. “I wait on every single shot, every single day on the PGA Tour. I’ve gotten really used to doing that,” he said. W ADDS isn’t the fastest player at the tee box or on the fairways, but put him near the green and the Aussie journeyman is like lightning. While other players (cough, JimFuryk, cough) study every conceivable angle and consider all possible B HEN a US website spent a day on the PGA Tour painstakingly timing every single shot hit by 45 players over nine holes, guess who came out on top in the speed stakes? It was Fowler, who took a stunning average of 16 seconds to hit his ball once he’d arrived at it. That’s everything from drives to sand saves to putts. The next best player took an average of 21 seconds per shot, while Australia’s own Nick O’Hern was more like a snail than a professional golfer, taking 55 seconds per shot to record the slowest time of the day. eventualities before making their putts, Baddeley simply picks his line, steps up and blazes away. Not only is his speed around the greens great for fans, it works for him, too, and has seen him consistently up inside the PGA Tour’s top 15 players for putting. HE world No.1 is a noted fast player, but the Northern Irishman said he’d had to adjust his tempo to ensure he wasn’t forever running up the backsides of slower players in front and having to wait to play his shots. “I hate slow play. I don’t want to get frustrated by me playing quick and having to wait all the time. I just sort of try and take my time a little more,” McIlroy said. OTG
OTG Express 147
OTG Express 149