Get Moving: Golf Must Speed Up Play

Get Moving: Golf Must Speed Up Play

Of the thousands of rounds of golf I have witnessed in my 26 years as a sportswriter, one of my all-time favorites was the 18-hole playoff between Annika Sorenstam and Pat Hurst for the 2006 U.S. Women's Open at Newport Country Club.

That it was Sorenstam's 68th LPGA victory, 10th major championship and third Women's Open title was impressive enough, as was the near-flawless one-under-par 70 she shot in the Monday finish to win by four strokes.

But what has really stuck with me all these years was this: Sorenstam and Hurst, playing for the national championship in women's golf, covered 18 holes on an extremely difficult golf course in 3 hours and 20 minutes.

Now think back to that Monday finish at Torrey Pines a couple weeks ago and remember that the final group featuring Tiger Woods needed 3 hours and 51 minutes to play the last 11 holes.

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