I think any hissy fit was partially due to the fact that the penalty was called on a 14 year old kid. Fair or not, there was the appearance that justice wasn't being meted out evenly and that the same penalty would not have been called on a bigger name in a similar scenario.
You could easily make the case that if they wanted to penalize someone, they'd have definitely NOT penalized a kid who was somewhat of a sensation. Penalize some regular pro who is gonna miss the cut or something. You know?
I don't know whether there is any truth to that critique or not, since I never saw any objective analysis of how much time Guanlang (sp?) was taking over each shot compared to other players. But I do agree that there is always blowback when the penalty is called. Several years ago, I believe a penalty was called on Tiger and Paddy during the final round of a tournament. After the group had the clock put on them, Harrington went on to double bogey the next hole. Even though it worked to his advantage, I recall Woods criticizing the penalty as unnecessary.
IIRC, he was pretty darn slow. :)
If I was in charge of slow play penalties, there'd probably be 50 strokes handed out the first week alone. That number would go down quickly… and not because I'd change my policies. :)