Pros bemoan brutally slow pace at LPGA major, fans share disdain

July 26, 2019
Stacy Lewis

Slow play is a hot topic in the world of golf — especially at the professional level. Just last week, J.B. Holmes was lambasted for his pace of play at the Open Championship at Royal Portrush. Now, complaints are emerging on the women’s tour at the Evian Championship in France, the fourth of five women’s major championships this year.

Stacy Lewis, a 12-time winner on the LPGA Tour, including two majors, tweeted on Friday that rounds took nearly six hours to complete.

The tweet was liked by nearly 1,000 users, and was retweeted by Lewis’ LPGA peers Hannah Green and Jessica Korda. Paula Creamer, who led the tournament after the opening round, added her support as well.

Fans also chimed in with their dismay, with many wondering why penalties were not assessed.

LPGA and LET player Becky Morgan tweeted that slow play was a problem during Thursday’s round as well. She wondered who was at fault, and LPGA veteran Catriona Matthew had a quick answer for her.

The Evian has endured some tough publicity this week. In addition to the publicly-vented slow play frustration noted above, American superstar Lexi Thompson posted a photo on Instagram (which was later deleted) that appears to show the course in less than stellar condition. Thompson missed the cut at 7 over par through two rounds.

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