Friday, June 6, 2008
Slow Play, Part II
God bless Peter Oosterhuis and Nick Faldo for criticizing, nay even ridiculing, Jeff Overton for how incredibly slow he was playing in Thursday's first round of the Stanford St. Jude Classic. If he wasn't tied for the lead at the time I'm sure the Golf Channel would have been nowhere near him with their TV cameras because every time they put him on he would take a full practice swing, back away from the ball, look at the shot again, step up to the ball and take another full practice swing and then finally (finally!) hit the damn thing. Some of his putts he looked at for so long and from so many different directions that I thought he would never actually hit them. While standing over one of them Oosterhuis said "There's 63 more holes to play, son. Pick a line and brush it in." Kudos again for the cameramen spotting a wayward turtle in one of the bunkers and to Faldo for commenting later that the aforespotted turtle was back on the tee waiting to hit as Overton looked at another shot for another painstaking eternity. Good TV, for sure. What's it going to take, seriously, to get the PGA Tour to do something about this epidemic? I'm at a loss.