The first round of the FedEx Cup provided some good golf this week, but also was plagued with some of the wackiest things seen on a golf course in quite some time.
Of course, golf is and has been plagued by a slow play problem, and is led in that annoying category by J.B. Holmes. But this week it was Bryson DeChambeau who put on quite a display of how the game should not be played, especially on one hole where it took him three minutes from the time it was his turn to play to the time he actually pulled the trigger.
The PGA Tour has been very timid in its approach to this growing problem but it seems as though players like Holmes and DeChambeau are almost daring those who police the game to do something. Other players are becoming more and more vocal about something needing to be done.
Rory McIlroy is a proponent of one warning and then a penalty stroke being assessed. More and more guys are getting irritated by the five-hour plus rounds of golf that are so common now. Viewers are getting bored and clicking off the telecasts.
Here’s my viewpoint: These are the best players in the world, capable of doing things on the golf course that few people can even dream about. They can make the ball do whatever they want. They can play faster and play good faster. But they don’t because they are spoiled and don’t want to.
Gary Player, one of the greatest players ever, once told me, “Mike, there’s no shame in shooting 94. There is, however, great shame in shooting 94 slowly.”
Adjust that 94 to whatever score the Tour pros are shooting and the logic still stands.
Stay tuned to see if the PGA Tour has the guts to put an end to this epidemic of stupidity.
n Did you see the classy gesture on Friday by Argentinian Emiliano Grillo? As he was headed toward missing the cut, he missed a putt when he caught an edge of the cup and it spun the ball out. When that happened, Grillo flipped the bird at his ball. It sounded as though CBS commentator Nick Faldo was going to lose it, but he caught himself before calling Grillo an unkind name.
n Next week is going to be a big one for three local players: Palmer Jackson, Mark Goetz and Sean Knapp. The trio, all members at Hannastown Golf Club in Greensburg, will be in Pinehurst, N.C. for the U.S. Amateur.
The field will play Nos. 2 and 4, the two jewels in the Pinehurst Resort collection of courses. No. 2 has hosted several U.S. Opens and No. 4 was renovated over the last couple years and is spectacular.
Once match play starts after two rounds of stroke play, the 36-hole championship final will be played on both No. 2 and No. 4. That will be the first time a final would be contested on two courses.
n Olivia Zambruno of Greensburg, who plays out of Pleasant Valley Country Club, made a heck of a run in the 83rd Pennsylvania Women’s Amateur Championship at the Philadelphia Cricket Club.
She streamrolled through her first two matches, 8 & 6 and 5 & 4, before working hard for a 1-up semifinal victory.
Zambruno faced Jackie Rogowicz of Yardley Country Club in the final and was never able to grab the lead and was finally beaten, 1-up.
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Mike Dudurich is a freelance golf writer and hosts The Golf Show on 93.7 The Fan, Saturday mornings from 7-8 during golf season. Follow Mike on Twitter at @Mike Dudurich.