Robert Garrigus’ caddie said that playing with slow-playing Kevin Na is a disadvantage after Garrigus and Na played together on Saturday, according to GolfWeek’s Jeff Rude.
“It ain’t fair playing with Kevin Na,” said Robert Garrigus’ caddie, Brent Henley. “It ain’t fair.”
The veteran caddie would go on to say he thought Na’s slow pace got Garrigus out of his rhythm to the point “we felt like we were running.” Before that, Garrigus was running away on the scoreboard, having birdied three of his first five holes and getting to 10 under par for a four-stroke lead.
Garrigus shot 70 on Saturday and lead the Valspar Championship at Florida’s Innisbrook resort after 54 holes at eight under. His Saturday playing partner Na shot 68 and trailed Garrigus by one.
After the round Garrigus actually praised Na, saying the famously deliberative player has been playing faster.
“We were a couple holes behind but we played in 4 hour and 15 minutes or 4-something,” Garrigus said. “It wasn’t that bad. I’ve played a lot slower in twosomes before. Kevin has gotten a lot faster.”
Na defended himself against slow-play critics after the round.
“I don’t know what people were saying but I don’t feel like I should be criticized for my play today because I’m the first one to admit if I play slow but I really didn’t feel like I played slow today,” Na said.
But once you have a reputation for slow play, it’s hard to shake, Na added.
“I might never get over it,” he said. “People watch me this week or the Players and that don’t follow golf regularly. ‘That guy is slow.’ First thing is, ‘That guy is notorious for playing slow.
“Just because you have that mindset and on one hole they’re watching TV and the wind swirls and I back off. ‘There you go. What did I tell you guys? He’s slow.'”