With recent comments from Brooks Koepka about the problems with slow play on professional golf tours, we again find ourselves mired in this discussion. But why don’t the powers that be in golf just start enforcing the rules? As with much on this planet, when there is a problem we can seem to figure out, we need to follow the money. In this case we find that big golf sponsors, who pay tour players handsomely to proudly display their corporate logos on hats, shirts, golf bags, etc., want their players to be on our TV screens as much as possible. One way to do that is to take every allotted second to prepare to take the next shot. As long as there is big money being paid from big sponsors, the PGA tour would be simple stupid to punish slow play. Except for players that don’t have a big sponsor. It just doesn’t make financial sense to enforce slow play. The first round of the Waste Management Open could not have gone better for Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler. Justin Thomas with 7 birdies and no bogeys penciled a cool seven under 64. Rickie Fowler also shot a seven-under 64, but he did it with 5 birdies and one eagle. The question now becomes can either of these two powerhouses hold on, with the better question being for Rickie Fowler, who has had a few close calls here in Arizona. Let’s tee it up!

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