From another article on slow play...
"With the golf tournament nearing its end, a camera zoomed in on two ducks on the bank behind the 18th green. Without hesitation, the announcer said the cute chicks were eggs when the last group of the day began play."
... the full article is at https://golfweek.com...tour-slow-play/
I'm probably in the minority here (as I usually am) but I not particularly critical of the rules officials for not putting JB and his group "on the clock". That is despite the inaction being pretty clear evidence of selective enforcement of rules.
After all, my fundamental position (despite the current rules and practices) is that referees should be just that. People to refer to. Match play referees should be there to settle rules issues referred to them by the players. Stroke play referees should be there only to provide advice when a player refers an issue to them (as distinct from waiting until after the round when the question can be put to the committee).
What can be done without turning rules officials into the golfing equivalent of speed cameras? Are penalty strokes the answer? If so how can players be persuaded to call slow play violations on themselves in the same way they are expected to call penalties on themselves for other breaches? What might strengthen a culture of playing without delay when it is your turn?
How about a prize pool for players who plays with the least cumulative delay when it is their turn? In addition to the usual prize money. Or even an annual fair play award for the fastest players. After all the PGA keeps all sorts of stats. Why not pace of play?
Or on the negative side perhaps the slowest measured players might lose their tour cards at the end of the season and need to go back to Q school.
Edited by Forrest Gardener, 21 February 2019 - 08:26 AM.