Slow play on the agenda at Solheim Cup

USA call for quicker times

Solheim Cup - Slow play - USA call for quicker times
Team USA captain Juli Inkster. Credit: Ian Rutherford/PA Wire.

United States captain Juli Inkster accused Europe’s players of “playing the game” after slow play marred a dramatic opening day of the Solheim Cup.

The first fourball match of the afternoon session took almost three hours to play nine holes and more than five hours for the 16 holes required for Suzann Pettersen and Anne van Dam to beat Lizette Salas and Danielle Kang 4&2.

Salas was given a “bad time” for taking too long to hit her second shot on the 13th and was warned that another would have led to her disqualification from the hole, but the 30-year-old was in no way the only player guilty of slow play.

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“It’s painfully slow out there,” Inkster admitted. “I know we had maybe a couple on our side that are maybe a little bit slower, but they have a few on their side, too, that are a little slow.

“You look at this golf course, it’s tough. The wind’s blowing. The greens are firm. The ball’s not going anywhere. It’s cold. I mean, it’s not like it’s a pitch and putt. It’s a tough golf course. And out here every shot counts. Every putt counts.

“I think Lizette had a bad time but that was the only player that had a bad time out there. She knows she probably has to speed it up a little bit. But I’m not going to say anything.

“It’s not fair, because the other players know how to play the game. So my players are playing at their pace. And then when they say we’re timing them, they speed up. And that’s… they make a living out of that.

“So until we change the rule, they’re going to keep doing it. And they know who they are.”

Europe captain Catriona Matthew added: “Some of the players on both sides do take quite a while to hit a shot but it’s the officials really, they are the ones who police the pace of play. So it’s up to them.”

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