Professionals React To "Ridiculous" Slow Play At WGC-Match Play

Professionals React To "Ridiculous" Slow Play At WGC-Match Play

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Matt Kuchar and Scottie Scheffler's match took over four hours to complete at the WGC-Match Play.

Professionals Call Out "Ridiculous" Slow Play At WGC-Match Play

Slow play was a hot topic once again as Matt Kuchar and Scottie Scheffler's match took over four hours to complete as a two-ball.

Whilst the match was going on, current and ex-professionals took to Twitter to voice their anger at the slow play that was being televised.

Colin Montgomerie showed his disgust, tweeting: '100% agree @ewanmurray77 @SkySportsGolf @DellMatchPlay pace of play ridiculous. No one in front of them. Green reading books, lining up the lines on the ball. Really annoying me. And Matchplay is the fastest form of golf. Something has to be done #slowplay

"All four have their yardage books out. They've played the hole with practice 9 times this week. Stood there for two minutes doing nothing! Slow play needs to be penalised @SkySportsGolf @ewanmurray77 #slowplayruiningthegame

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Other professionals voiced their views too, with Catriona Matthew calling it 'Pathetic' and Tony Johnstone tweeting 'Bloody glacial! I've turned it off.'

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It wasn't just the golf stars who were showing their anger. Sky Sports reporter and presenter Jamie Weir tweeted: If you already thought PGA Tour golf was slow from watching strokeplay tournaments every weekend, nothing exposes just how truly glacial it is when there are literally only two players on the course. No hiding place. This last half hour has been unbearable."

Scheffler managed to win the match against Kuchar, with a birdie at the 17th hole proving to be a costly blow as he produced a 1-up victory.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x