Admittedly, I take some perverse pleasure in seeing how slow play is about to claim more victims, even though the problem is not entirely the fault of the players.
Still, as Doug Ferguson reports, the tepid pace of play on the PGA Tour may force a cut in the number of players teeing it up on the weekend check.
Now, the PGA Tour again is looking at changing the longtime policy that the top 70 and ties make the cut. Several alternatives were discussed last week by the Player Advisory Council, and it likely will come up at the tour policy board meeting at the end of the month.
Among the options:
-Top 60 players and ties.
-Top 65 players and ties.
-The nearest number to 70 players.
-Top 70 and ties, but if the number goes over 78, revert to nearest to 70.
-Top 70 and ties make the cut on Friday, and another cut on Saturday for top 70 and ties.
And your buried lede of the week...
One reason the cut policy is under review is to cope with pace of play. When a large number of players make the cut and bad weather is in the forecast, officials have little choice but to play in threesomes off both tees. That can really become a problem on the West Coast, where tournaments typically end at 3 p.m. for network television.
I wish Tiger had taken a slightly different stand...
Tiger Woods said he would favour top 60 and ties, no exceptions.
"Play better," he said. "Either you play better or you don't."
Or play faster? Or setup courses with a little less rough, fewer 2-paces-from-the-edge-holes and maybe the players stand a chance of picking up the pace?
Oh and do something with the ball so that the entire field can't reach every par-5 in two.