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Georgia Hall calling for penalties to speed up golf’s dawdlers

Waiting game: Hall
gets frustrated by
the amount of time
some rounds take

GEORGIA HALL believes players should be penalised for slow play even if it affects a tournament’s outcome.

Former world No.1 Stacy Lewis called for a crackdown on slow play after winning the Ladies Scottish Open in a play-off on Sunday following a final round which took more than five hours to complete.

Hall hopes officials will not be reluctant to hand out penalties in the latter stages of events, including this week’s Women’s Open at Royal Troon.

‘Personally I don’t think it matters whether you’re playing a final round or the first round,’ said Hall, who won the Women’s Open in 2018.

‘If someone is being extremely slow and holding up play I believe they should get penalised. I don’t think it should matter whether it’s the last round or not. If someone is being slow, I think they need to be kind of told to hurry up a little bit.’

Hall’s Solheim Cup team-mate Charley Hull admits she resorts to doodling in her yardage book to cope with the pace of play and has been told numerous times that spectators find slow play off-putting. ‘People don’t want to be sat there for hours and hours watching slow golf,’ Hull said. ‘I get told a lot it’s crazy how slow we play.

‘Usually when I’m at home with my friends we go around in like three hours and on tour, last week, I played five hours and 40 minutes.

‘So it can be a long day. At the end of the day, it’s like you have a yardage and it’s kind of sometimes obvious what club it is. Like just hit it. Sometimes people fart around too much and it’s worse.

‘It can get very, very frustrating when it’s slow. I get bored sometimes, so that’s why I doodle in my book.’