Although the English tour pro admitted the pace of play was 'painfully' slow over the first two days at Wentworth, all is not what it seems.
Pepperell got involved in a discussion on X after former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen asked what the solution was.
Groups off three players were taking more than five and a half hours to get round the West Course on Thursday.
"I've never remembered having that many players on 17 and 18," McIlroy said of the moment.
Pepperell was in the field and despite a spirited and gutsy display on Friday afternoon (playing the back nine in 6-under) he missed the cut by one.
"It was painfully slow KP," Pepperell wrote.
The 'as you know' is a reference to the fact that Pietersen regularly takes part in the annual pro-am.
Former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley went on a rant on Sky Sports during the early stages of the tournament.
He described the pace of play as 'disgraceful' and questioned why players weren't hitting provisional shots.
Pepperell claimed players most definitely were. At times, Pepperell wrote, balls were 'spotted' but it turned out they were out of bounds.
Some balls were ‘spotted’ but turned out they were OOB… there’s just a lot more to why rounds take so long at Wentworth than the players being slow.— Eddie Pepperell (@PepperellEddie) September 16, 2023
At this point another tour pro, Mike Lorenz-Vera, chimed in with a proposal. Less players in the field, perhaps?
Lorenzo-Vera has been one of the most vocal players in the battle against slow play.
At times, he has posted on X during tournament rounds. He has claimed there are some players on the tournament committee who are slow.
Hence why the problem isn't being solved, he said, and the battle against slow play is 'fake'.
"That's certainly something that would speed up play and if you want to propose that to the Tour go ahead," Pepperell wrote.
"Am sure the members would rather have the opportunity to play in five hours and 30 minutes than not play at all however."
Pepperell also claimed on X he knows players have been routinely fined by the tour for slow play.
He would not divulge who those players are plus the tour would never make that list of names public. The fines have been hefty, he wrote.
It was put to Pepperell that players need to be docked shots, as Brooks Koepka suggested earlier in the year.
Maybe that is the solution?!
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