30 Jan '18, 5pm

Slow play, hot take: Players trying to explain tour's pace problem

Slow play, hot take: Players trying to explain tour's pace problem

Roger Federer won the Australian Open over Marin Cilic on Sunday in an epic five-set marathon that lasted just past three hours. The last threesome in the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open? They took twice that long to play 18 holes. Tennis isn’t golf, but the comparison is no less startling. Just think of all the things that you can do in six hours—watch The Godfather I & II, fly from San Diego to New York with an hour to spare, spend nearly an entire day at the office (OK, even watching slow golf is better than that). “I was shocked when someone said it was six hours long,” said Ryan Palmer, one of the three players in that group, when reached Monday night. “I thought, ‘No way.’ We were never once warned or told to speed up. We never got behind.” That last part isn’t entirely accurate. “We waited on every hole until 14,” noted Palmer. That’s when everyone in the ...

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