Feb
24
2011
Battle of the Tortoises Would Have Been More Appropriate Moniker for Cink vs. Poulter Match
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Poulter and Cink called out for playing slow

Hat tip to Geoff Shackelford for the spot — and for informing me last week that Stewart Cink belongs on the list of Slowest (Rudest) Golfers on Tour. Apparently Cink’s been put on the clock multiple times already this season. Add Wednesday’s match against Ian Poulter to that tally. The Twitter Masters took over four hours to play (in a twosome!) with no one in front of them. Their sluggish play resulted in rules official Stephen Cox making a funny, though, according to the AP.

“Look, I realize you’ve both taken a trip to In-N-Out for a double-double, but I’d appreciate it if you would pick up the pace,” Cox said as Poulter looked at him and grinned.

It didn’t help. By the next hole, Cox began timing them.

For the Match Play Championship, players are given two warnings for bad times. On the third bad time, it’s loss of a hole.

Neither was penalized in the match, which Cink won on the 19th hole.

In stroke play, I recall Poulter being a pretty quick player, but match play is a different beast. As for Cink — who knew?? (Besides Geoff.) I certainly didn’t. Maybe because I usually tend to focus on Cink being a class act and witty tweeter.

We were following the final group last Saturday at Riviera, which consisted of Fred Couples, J.B. Holmes and John Senden. In between our grumblings about Holmes’ pace of play (who is really, really nice, so I feel bad giving him a hard time, but play faster!), Geoff mentioned the threesome of Kevin Na, Stewart Cink and Trevor Immelman (I think) were probably holding things up in the third-to-last group. Of course, everyone knows Na is excruciating, but I’d never noticed that Cink is nearly as painful (except when he takes lunch breaks during the Ryder Cup).

Wake me when an official actually has the guts to dish out a two-stroke penalty or loss of a hole.