‘It’s RIDICULOUS … something has to be done!’: Colin Montgomerie hits the slow pace of play at the WGC Matchplay Championship as Billy Horschel and Scottie Scheffler reach the final
- Colin Montgomerie hit slow golf at the WGC Matchplay Championship
- He said the pace was ‘ridiculous’ and called for penalties for slow players
- Billy Horschel and Scottie Scheffler have reached the final of the tournament
Colin Montgomerie struck out at the ‘ridiculous’ pace of play after Billy Horschel and Scottie Scheffler advanced to the final of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
Horschel defeated Frenchman Victor Perez 3 & 2 in the first semifinal and Scheffler then drove one hole past fellow countryman Matt Kuchar in the second semifinal at Austin Country Club.
However, it took Scheffler and Kuchar four hours and eight minutes to complete their match and Horschel and Perez were on track for something similar as they competed against windy conditions in the £ 7.6 million event.
Colin Montgomerie has hit ‘ridiculously’ slow play at the WGC Matchplay Championship
The game’s icy pace was criticized by Sky Sports commentator Ewen Murray, and eight-time European number one Montgomerie wrote on Twitter: ‘100% agree. Speed of play is ridiculous.
‘No one for them. Green reading books, aligning the lines on the ball. Really annoying. And Matchplay is the fastest form of golf. Something needs to be done #slowplay. ‘
Responding to an image of both players and their caddies consulting their meter books, Montgomerie added, ‘All four have their meter books out. They played the hole with training 9 times this week. Stood idle there for two minutes! Slow play should be penalized #slowplayruiningthegame. ‘
Scottie Scheffler (left) and Billy Horschel (right) reached the final of the tournament on Sunday
Horschel recovered from hitting one of the worst shots of his career on the sixth hole to gain the upper hand on an understated Perez, who contributed to his own downfall with three bogeys in five holes from the 10th.
A tap-in birdie on the 15th kept Perez in the game, but he was unable to match Horschel’s birdie on the next after coming short of the green on his approach to par five.
Scheffler birded the ninth and eleventh to get to a two-hole lead, only to find water on each of the next two holes to squander his advantage.
However, a birdie on the 17th gave Scheffler the lead again and Kuchar missed from eight feet for a birdie on the 18th to force extra holes.