Weekly Reader Poll

When Does Slow Play Become Ridiculous?

American JB Holmes took a very long time to play his second shot on the 72nd hole at Torrey Pines.
At what point has a golfer taken too long to play a shot? After 30 seconds? 60 seconds?

Surely after 120 seconds of mulling over a shot, any playing partners would be well and truly over it?

How about more than doubling that to just over 4 minutes? That's how long American JB Holmes took to eventually lay up on the par-five 72nd hole of last week's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines when he was in the last group and knew he needed at least an eagle to make a playoff.

Under the PGA Tour's rules, Holmes was only entitled to 40 seconds to play the shot (it would have been 60 seconds if he was the first player in the group to hit his second shot at the par-five).

It's a safe bet to think club golfers wouldn't take too kindly to waiting more than four minutes for a playing partner to hit a shot.

Question: How much time should a golfer be allowed to play a given shot?
  • 30 seconds
  • 40 seconds (entitlement under PGA Tour rules)
  • 50 seconds
  • 60 seconds
  • More than 1 minute
  • More than 2 minutes

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