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There is a slow play epidemic rampant throughout every major golf championship. Coinciding with the moments where the pressure is highest and there are the most eyeballs on the game, it makes an otherwise exciting game into a painfully labored viewing experience. The European Tour has had it up to here with it and is clamping down on offenders harder than it ever did before. After threatening fines and making increasingly severe warnings, it’s now decided that it will release the names of offending golfers to the public in its latest press release.
“A total of 95 groups was ‘monitored’ in the Middle East (36 in Abu Dhabi, 20 in Qatar, and 39 in Dubai), while five players were given monitoring penalties. They were Jordan Spieth (Abu Dhabi, round one); Daniel Brooks (Abu Dhabi, round two); Benjamin Herbert (Abu Dhabi, round four); Eddie Pepperell (Dubai, round one); Gavin Green (Dubai, round two). These players will be fined the next time they receive a monitoring penalty during the 2016 season, with the fines increasing for each subsequent monitoring penalty thereafter.”
Well, damn. If fines and stroke penalties haven’t been doing what they were meant to, public shaming’s as effective a way as any to get your point across. As terrible as it may be to have penalties get in the way of you winning that major, you always have a chance again in the coming years of your career. And well, let’s be honest, would a $10,000 fine really make a difference in a pocket as sizable as say, Jordan Spieth’s? But no one, no matter how rich, famous or skilled, likes being on a blacklist, especially one that’s been shared with the public like this. The European Tour is really sticking that knife in and twisting. Hard.