Tiger Woods mentioned on Tuesday that he quit after 14 holes because the pace of play was too slow, according to Geoff Shackelford.
Kent Eger told me it took him four hours to play nine holes on Tuesday. And from just walking the last two holes with him, it was no wonder why. His group and the one behind were hitting shots from every angle, especially around the greens — which of course is standard — and talking course strategy.
In my opinion, the extra practice is a combination of the fact it’s a major and the set-up at Pebble. From what I’ve heard and seen, the players just want to be prepared for the creative and quirky shots.
Still. Four hours for 9 holes? That’s just absurd. There’s only so much you can anticipate. And Eger is a fast player — which frightens me to imagine how long it took Ben Crane to crawl his way through his practice rounds.