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Overton duo in overdrive at Doral: 2-hour round

Posted on: March 13, 2011 11:59 am
 
DORAL, Fla. -- PGA Tour officials don't keep records on such things.

Maybe they ought to.

In an era when slow play has made watching golf an often tedious process, the first twosome off the tee at the Cadillac Championship on Sunday morning, composed of American standouts Anthony Kim and Jeff Overton, played 18 holes in a shorter amount of time than some pairings have toured nine holes this week.

Overton's caddie, Eric Larson, emerged from the scoring center and exclaimed, "Two hours, six minutes. Not bad."

A walking scorer with the group said the pair discussed trying to play faster than the 2:40 time they logged when they were the first duo off on Saturday morning as well, though Overton said they weren't gunning for any particular record or target.

"Not shooting for anything," he said. "Just playing golf."

Uh, OK. He smiled broadly.

"It just so happened that we're both pretty quick players," he said.

They pair conceivably could have cracked the two-hour mark had Overton, who shot 73, not double-bogeyed the 18th. Kim, who shot 72, bogeyed the hole. No question, considering that most players in their 20-something age group are excruciatingly slow, these two guys can flat move. 

"Yeah, golf would be more fun if the pace of play was better," Overton said. "But you know, we're playing for a lot of money and you need to take the time to hit the right shots when they play, too."

On Saturday, the two were cruising along at a similar clip before Overton hit his tee shot that hit a cart path and caromed into the water on the 16trh hole, and it took several minutes to get a ruling and take a penalty drop on the other side of the lake.  

Category: Golf
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Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: March 13, 2011 11:56 pm
 

Overton duo in overdrive at Doral: 2-hour round

Maybe these 2 are trying to send a message to the their fellow players: FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, GET THE LEAD OUT!!!  As much as I like JB Holmes and Sean O'Hair. these two in the past were just PAINFULLY playing TOO GD SLOW.  Lately their speed has improved, but with weather delays you at least want to complete the round without much overhang if Monday is needed.  Sometimes Furyk gets me irked at his putting routine, but at least it's consistent.  Some of those guys can't decide which club to use or how to shape your iron shot in a short amount of time which adds up over a day.



Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: March 13, 2011 4:55 pm
 

Perspective

This is a big deal and not a big deal at all at the same time. On the one hand, you have two guys who are nowhere near contention going into the weekend, even with two lights out rounds. They just went out there and slapped it around on Saturday, had a good time with each other and happened to play pretty quick. Whether they want to admit it or not, they knew they played crazy fast Saturday and probably subconsciously pushed themselves even faster Sunday because it got them some attention. However, I really think this bears a second look from the tour because if there is one thing that is KILLING golf these days in the ratings (besides the absence of Lefty and El Tigre) it is the ridiculously slow play of the majority of the tour. If these guys can play in 2:40 and then 2:06 for crying out loud, there is no reason the rest of the tour can't get around in 3:45 or at very least 4. It's a four hour game for social recreationalists, it shouldn't be a 4:40 game for guys who know what they are doing.


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