Justin Harding SLAMS Adrian Otaegui for SLOW PLAY on European Tour

South African labels Spaniard a "turtle" on Twitter as he tells European Tour to act upon slow play...

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Tue, 4 Feb 2020
Justin Harding SLAMS Adrian Otaegui for SLOW PLAY on European Tour

Justin Harding might not have directly named Adrian Otaegui in his latest tweets about slow play, but given he was only playing with one other person in his final round at the Saudi International it was fairly obvious as to who he was calling a "turtle". 

Understandably irate after finishing with a 74 in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to finish tied 56th in the tournament, Harding then took to Twitter to rip into what he considered to be slow play from the man he was playing alongside in Otaegui, who closed with a 71 for tied 38th. 

Harding tweeted: "Turtles should be monitored AT ALL TIMES @EuropeanTour we as players who don't take an age should not be responsible for them. Nor should our round be affected by their inconsiderate behaviour. Pretty simple really.

"F1 don't say to Lewis Hamilton.. "hey pal just slow down because the guys behind can't keep up." If the other 120 players in the field act properly why are we as players forced to play with these guys if they couldn't give a s***. Week in week out out same story, same guys.

"Slow and fast players don't exist.. you have players that play with etiquette and in accordance to the rules and you have players who have no regard for it. NONE."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only three players were handed a fine for slow play on the European Tour last season, and they were Louis Oosthuizen, Erik Van Rooyen and yes, you guessed it, Otaegui. 

This season, however, the European Tour is dishing out a one-stroke penalty for any player who is given two strikes during a tournament. 

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Graeme McDowell, who went on to win the Saudi International, was given a slow-play warning on Friday - something he said was a result of his mid-round interview with Sky Sports Golf's Tim Barter as he was out of position when he was put on the clock to play his shot. 

Thankfully for the Northern Irishman he was not given another slow-play warning on Saturday and Sunday so he did not receive any penalty.

Bryson DeChambeau was also given a slow-play warning in the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic two weeks ago. Upon receiving his warning he was tied for the lead but he went on to bogey the final four holes to cost himself a chance of defending his title.