Cantlay hits back at slow play critics then says he's "slower than average"

Patrick Cantlay says he's "definitely slower than average" and has been his entire PGA Tour career.

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Wed, 19 Apr 2023
Cantlay hits back at slow play critics then says he's "slower than average"

Patrick Cantlay has said he received zero warnings from PGA Tour officials the past two weeks because his groups have "been in position the whole time."

But Cantlay then went on to describe himself as "definitely slower than average" when it comes to pace of play on the PGA Tour.

Cantlay has been ripped by fellow players and golf fans on social media in recent weeks for his apparent slow play at The Masters and the RBC Heritage the past two weeks on the PGA Tour. 

Viktor Hovland seemingly had enough of Cantlay's pace of play in the final round of The Masters, and LIV Golf's Brooks Koepka then slammed Cantlay's group after the tournament.

Even Colin Montgomerie got involved on social media following a trip to the zoo

Then just last weekend at the RBC Heritage, one golf fan timed Cantlay taking close to three minutes over his second shot in the pine straw on the 11th hole during the final round. 

Eventual winner Matt Fitzpatrick and runner-up Jordan Spieth were also said to be "upset" with how long Cantlay took over his third shot from the bulkhead on the 14th hole.

Fitzpatrick's caddie Billy Foster was left exasperated by the time they reached the 16th.

Sky Sports Golf also had a pop at him.

Cantlay addressed his pace of play with the media ahead of this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The World No.4 is once again teaming up with his good friend and regular Ryder Cup partner Xander Schauffele as they look to become the first players to defend the title. 

The event became a team event in 2017.

Cantlay told the media today:

"I've played the last two tournaments, and my group hasn't been warned at all. So we've been in position the entire time.
"So I don't know how you would want even the groups I've been in to play faster when our groups are in position and can't go faster because the group in front of us is right in front of us."

Cantlay was then asked if he considers himself to be a slow player. 

"Yeah, I'm definitely slower than average, have been my whole career. I definitely take my time. When I hit my ball in a balkhead, I'm definitely going to take my time to make sure I make the right decision and get the ball back into the right spot."

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