Caddies need to adhere to their creed
The way I work around Morning Read and coffee each morning is lead article (sip, sip) and then the “inbox” (sip, sip, sip, sip). When those two are thoroughly perused, I read all the rest.
Like most readers have certainly noticed, pace of play is receiving top billing in the “inbox,” and for good reason. There are so many negatives resulting from the slow pace of play in professional golf that I won't even bother to go into them here. We all know what they are.
The problem is, those who could do something about it, refuse to do anything about it. I'll leave it to the R&A, USGA and PGA Tour to work out the details, but I'm convinced that the problem centers around the caddies. I could go on and on about this ad nauseam, but suffice it to say, there is a very good reason for the caddie creed: Show up, keep up, shut up.
Professional golf did not have this problem back in the day, so let's put a stop to this nonsense now. These guys are there to carry a very heavy golf bag and are compensated very well for doing so. Their purpose is not to be on-course golf instructors.
Calling out a couple of slowpokes
Friday evening, I got to watch the last few minutes of the Hero World Challenge. On the last hole for Henrik Stenson, he took forever to hit his approach shot to the green.
He conversed with his caddie, looked at the chart book, walked to the ball, looked to the green, flipped grass into the air, walked back to his caddie for more information, pulled a club halfway out of the bag while looking toward the green, put the club back, pulled out another club, talked to his caddie, then approached the ball. He took another minute to address the ball and then hit a shot that was barely on the edge of the green.
When he was interviewed afterward, the discussion was on his recent elbow injury and his return to golf. Stenson should not be playing if he is not well enough to play fast, ready golf.
Patrick Cantlay is another slowpoke. He has to shuffle his feet 15 times before he can hit the ball.
Get them off the course.
I guess I will put golf-watching in the same bucket as the NBA and the NFL. It's not worth the aggravation, and evidently PGA Tour officials don't care.
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