Rory McIlroy SLAMS slow play during Solheim Cup

McIlroy rips into how long some of the world's best lady golfers took to play their shots at the Solheim Cup last weekend. 

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Thu, 19 Sep 2019
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Rory McIlroy has revealed how it was "hard not to get frustrated" with the constant slow play he witnessed during the Solheim Cup last weekend.

McIlroy was speaking to the media at this week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth where he goes in search of a second victory on the famous West Course. 

Despite being thrilled to see Catriona Matthew's European Solheim Cup side prevail over the United States at Gleneagles on Sunday, the Northern Irishman could not believe how long the majority of players were going about their business on the course. 

“I watched and I don't want to single out particular people, but I watched a lot of the Solheim Cup at the weekend, and it was really slow,” said McIlroy.

“As much as you want to sit there and watch and support the European girls, like it's just hard not to get frustrated with it.”

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United States player Lizette Salas was given a "bad time" during the Solheim Cup, and US captain Juli Inkster was quizzed by the media on Friday about the pace of play.

Inkster responded: "It's not fair because the other players know how to play the game. So my players are playing at their pace, and then when they say we're timing them, they speed up. And that's - they make a living out of that. So until we change the rule, they're going to keep doing it. And they know who they are."

McIlroy believes golf must take a similar stance to tennis and start issuing time violations, just like Rafa Nadal experienced during the US Open last month.

“Rafa got a time clock violation on a really big serve like at the end of the final of the U.S. Open, so if they can do it then, there's no reason why we can't do it in our tournaments, either,” he said. “It's just a matter of enforcing it and being consistent with it.”

McIlroy returns to competitive action following a two-week break after losing out in a playoff at the European Masters, a week after he had won a second career FedEx Cup at the Tour Championship. 

The BMW PGA Championship will this week use GPS tracking on five different tee boxes to alert players of their pace of play in relation to groups around them. Learn more here

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