J.B. Holmes took four minutes, 10 seconds to hit a shot? Yes, and the backlash was predictable

  • January 29, 2018

LA JOLLA, Calif. — A jury of his peers did not deliberate long, unlike J.B. Holmes, who deliberated long enough to bring the wrath of its verdict down on him.

The verdict was guilty. Holmes was guilty of slow play at a critical moment—on the 72nd hole of the Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday. Guilty, intentionally or not, of icing a man in the lead, Alex Noren. And guilty, to those watching, of reinforcing the game’s reputation for taking too long.

The situation was this: Jason Day had finished at 10 under par and was tied with Noren, who was in the fairway, 230 yards to the hole, on the par-5 18th on the South Course at Torrey Pines. Holmes, who needed an eagle 3 possibly to tie, was in the fairway, 239 yards to the hole.

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