Scott Verplank won the Byron Nelson, Silvia Cavalleri held off Lorena Ochoa at the Corona Morelia Championship, and a few guys are miffed about Phil Mickelson skipping the pro-am last week.
All important, but we have bigger fish to fry: curbing the proliferation of slow play at a golf course near you. So quit pacing off your yardages, pick up that fourth putt, and remember that your pre-shot routine does not have to last longer than any of The Lord of the Rings movies.
This week we have some causes and cures and an etiquette refresher to speed up your round and make it more enjoyable.
Hole 1: Pope of Slope
Former USGA handicapping czar Dean Knuth has some tips to knock up to an hour off your round of golf. [Link]
Hole 2: Golf Etiquette
A refresher on golf etiquette with some ideas on avoiding slow play from our friends at the PGA. [Link]
Hole 3: Etiquette Animations
The USGA put together some animations to help with course etiquette and pace of play.[Link]
Hole 4: Tips to Combat Slow Play
Ten easy ways to speed up your round of golf. [Link]
Hole 5: Quick Incentives
Some courses are now offering incentives to golfers who speed up their pace of play. [Link]
Hole 6: Round Rebate
This article is a bit dated but the idea is a pretty good one; you get a percentage of your greens fees back depending on the amount of time your round takes. Sign me up! [Link]
Hole 7: Handouts
Pick up a few of these from the USGA to hand out to your slow playing partners. If that doesn't work, use a cattle prod. [Link]
Hole 8: Fastest Round
Steve Scott holds the world record for the fastest round of golf. He completed his round in under 30 minutes and shot a 92. [Link]
Hole 9: Deliberate Player
Do not under any circumstances become this guy. I beg you. [Link]