PGA Tour pro blasted over 'ridiculous' pace of play: "Hit the damn ball!"

PGA Tour pro Brian Harman was the latest player to anger golf fans about pace of play during the first round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

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Fri, 30 Jun 2023
PGA Tour pro blasted over 'ridiculous' pace of play: "Hit the damn ball!"

PGA Tour pro Brian Harman appeared to annoy golf fans at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit. 

Rickie Fowler caught the headlines once again with his continued fine form in the first round. 

Though he blamed his bogey-bogey finish on his desperate need for the bathroom. 

But the attention has quickly turned to Harman. The 36-year-old posted an opening round of 4-under 68 at Detroit Golf Club.

Related: Dylan Wu's wild feat at Rocket Mortgage Classic

Despite not being the longest hitter, Harman has carved out a more than respectable career.

To date, he's won $28,594,464 in official prize money and made 232 of 337 cuts. His two wins came at the John Deere Classic and Wells Fargo Championship. 

One of the reasons why he has been successful on tour is down to his stellar short game and putting. In fact, this season he is the best player at putting from six feet and in, holing 91.49 per cent.

He's equally impressive at scrambling from the rough and scrambling around the green.

All being told, Harman is just a very good player. So to some golf fans, it begged the question why he needed to take 17 seconds over this standard approach during the first round of the aforementioned Rocket Mortgage Classic

Judge for yourself, but many were not pleased with Harman constantly twitching, fidgeting and looking at the pin before finally making a stroke. 

Slow play will always rub people the wrong way. Patrick Cantlay has been the one to take most of the flack this season. 

Cantlay was also recently defended by many PGA Tour stars, but not over pace of play.

In fact, leading players such as Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott and Will Zalatoris sheltered the golfer over accusations he was leading a players' coup against the PGA Tour's 'framework agreement' with LIV Golf's backers. 

Read more about that here

As for Harman, he might need to get a wiggle on when he plays his second round. 

Watch here:

Comments on the clip included:

"Thought it was an endless loop. Hit the dam ball."
"This needs to be addressed by officials, it's ridiculous."
"I'm bad but not this bad."
"And we wonder why recreational golfers think they are okay amidst their four-hour round."
"Damn that's horrible."
"Tell me this is on loop."
"Got to at least hand it to Cantlay for trying his game left handed."

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