Originally Posted by phan52
The big difference is that the pros know how to manage when the clock starts on their routine. They all take more time than the kid did, but he was clueless about how to manage the clock. Doesn't excuse it, and he deserved the penalty, but most PGA Tour pros will never, ever play at a decent pace.
But that is a problem with the way the slow play rules are structured, not a problem with unfair application of the slow play rules. Someone (Nobilo?) on TGC talked about how the pros know how to game the system by sending their caddy ahead of them to get the yardage and figure out the wind, so that when the player gets there and the clock starts running there is little left to do but hit the shot. He also talked about how they knew how things changed once they had been warned and put on the clock so they could void a penalty with minimal speeding up.
SO I agree with you that the pros know how to manage the clock and the kid didn't. But the pros also know how to hit some shots that the kid doesn't know yet. That is just a function of the kid's inexperience. Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgement. The kid got some great experience that could not have been bought at any price.
And thankfully the kid made the cut and had a great week and the fact that he won low amateur by making the cut shows that his manner of accepting the penalty resulted in excellent karma for him.. Having the penalty levied, and the way he handled it, really made his stock soar even more than if it had never happened. Now every golf fan knows this guy and will be rooting for him. Plus this will be a big plus for the game in China. I bet the kid ends up on the Chinese Olympic golf team. I hope so and I'll sure be rooting for him. I also hope he comes over and plays the US Junior Amateur and the US Amateur. And maybe even tries to qualify for the US and British Opens.