Players under orders to speed up at British Open
Organizers say they are cracking down on slow play at the
British Open, calling the issue a scourge that is ”killing” the
game at amateur levels in particular.
Three-balls are under orders to complete their first two rounds
in 4 1/2 hours at Royal Lytham and St. Annes this week, with
two-balls required to finish in 3 hours 45 minutes.
Jim McArthur, chairman of the championship committee, says
”we’re putting slow play as priority.” Although sanctioning
players with a shot penalty is rare, he says ”we would take
whatever action is appropriate.”
McArthur says Wednesday ”it needs to be a concerted effort, not
just the Royal and Ancient, not just the tours, but the golf unions
and other golf organizations to come to a coordinated effort to
improve the speed.”