Five players have withdrawn from the Honda Classic, including Justin Rose, who is suffering from the flu and has lost seven pounds, and Cameron Beckman, who didn’t cite a reason, according to PGA Tour media officials. Stewart Cink, Ben Crane and J.B. Holmes also pulled out without providing explanations. Good news is that without the latter three, perhaps the pace of play will improve at PGA National!
As you may have noticed, slow play has received more attention than usual in recent weeks, particularly at the Match Play Championship — Stewart Cink and Ian Poulter were exposed as rude golfers and J.B. Holmes took quite the beating for his timely pre-shot routine during his match against Bubba Watson. the Northern Trust Open, Holmes put on a spectacular plumb-bobbing show and Kevin Na, who has his caddie line him up on tee and approach shots, is just as brutal (he’s not in the field this week). Ben Crane, who almost seems fast in comparison, recently released a series of videos to make people forget about his sluggish pace of play.
Taking the place of the five players were Michael Putnam, Scott Gutschewski, Kevin Chappell, Paul Stankowski and Fabian Gomez. Perhaps not as glamorous of names, but I’m pretty sure they’re at least faster. Plus, it’s nice that these guys get an extra start.
Oh, here’s an interesting piece of information that a PGA Tour player (who wishes to remain unnamed) shared with me yesterday — if a player is put on the clock ten times, he receives a $20,000 fine, and for every offense following that, the Tour slaps down another $5,000. No matter how much money you make, I’d think that $20,000 would motivate you to move faster! After all, that’s a considerable chunk of money.