A few people have been publicly suggesting what some golf fans have known for a while; Jason Day is a slow player.
Jason Day has begun his year on the European Tour in the Middle East. He missed the cut in last week’s Abu Dhabi Golf Championship and has started well at the Qatar Masters this week. But there’s been more talk about his pace of play than his golf.
Day’s playing partner Lee Westwood took to Twitter to give his thoughts on the pace of play during the first round.
To say we are pros and there’s no rough out there and we are supposed to know what we are doing, the pace of play today was a disgrace.— Lee Westwood (@WestwoodLee) February 2, 2012
Jason Day copping some criticism on Euro Tour for being slow player. He has a very deliberate routine. #bugssomepeople— Benjamin Everill (@beneverill) February 2, 2012
— Benjamin Everill (@beneverill) February 2, 2012
Would anyone really mind if Jason Day ends up becoming the first Australian to win a green jacket by playing excruciatingly slow? No. But as much as we are all loving the golf of Jason Day at the moment, no one should be immune from criticism of slow play.
A Jason Day victory at Augusta would see a whole bunch of Australian kids wanting to emulate his golf game. And if that means playing behind a bunch of kids on Saturday who take five hours to play a round of golf, it may not be a great thing for any of us.
Besides, Rory McIlroy has already shown you can win a major with a quick AND ‘deliberate routine’.