TelevisionJune 18, 2016

Fox Sports trio to Jordan Spieth and Company: Pick up the pace

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Jordan Spieth and caddie Michael Greller conferring on the 10th fairway during the first round of the U.S. Open.

Jordan Spieth, for all his upside, has developed a reputation for slow play, and his playing partners in the first two rounds of the U.S. Open, Zach Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau, aren’t Olympic sprinters, either.

Kudos to the Fox Sports trio of Juli Inkster, Steve Flesch and David Fay for calling them out in the wake of the group having been put on the clock when they were on the 13th green in the second round on Saturday.

Inkster: “I’m not sure they’re playing much quicker, but their pace is a little quicker, their walk’s a little quicker. Each of them are looking at each other like, let’s hurry up. But none of them want to hurry up.”

Flesch: “Each of them are looking and hoping the other guy will make up for the slack. But as we’ve seen, all three of these players collaborate a lot with their caddies, make their decisions, discuss a lot. They’re not the type that gets the yardage, pulls the club and hits. I wouldn’t say any of them are quick. They all are borderline on the deliberate side, which is a nice way of saying they’re kind of slow.”

Fay: “Steve, the reality is this. They’re really not going to pick it up until one of them gets a bad time, and its getting that first bad time they receive a warning. Then they’ll really pick it up.”

Flesch:" I’m not even sure warnings do any good, David.”


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