PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Did slow play make a difference in the final round of the Quail Hollow Championship?
Likely not, but the final group of third-round leader Billy Mayfair and Davis Love III was on the clock Sunday starting at the ninth hole at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., and didn’t get off until the 13th, according to the rules officials.
Love bogeyed the 10th and Mayfair made bogey on the 12th, but the third-round co-leaders had fallen out of contention by then. Nonetheless, a top-10 finish for Mayfair would have made a big difference instead of his eventual tie for 14th.
Love, who slipped to a tie for 17th, said they deserved being on the clock.
“I got a little rushed on 10 when we were on the clock and was just hitting a wedge out and hit it thin and made a bogey there,” Love said after his round Sunday. “They should have had us on the clock all day. We were behind the whole way.”
Coincidentally, Rory Sabbatini brought up slow play for the umpteenth time during last week’s players meeting, proposing an immediate docking of strokes. It’s likely this plea will go on deaf ears as well.
Just remember that Carl Pettersson went around in 2 hours, 13 minutes on Sunday as a single and shot 4-under 68.
Isn’t it time that Sabbatini’s pleas are heard?