Tiger Woods criticises Kevin Na for slow play
Kevin Na beware - Tiger Woods is urging the PGA Tour to clamp down on slow play with penalty strokes rather than just handing out undisclosed fines.
The 14-time Major champion was just one of the many left frustrated at the weekend by Na’s persistent practice swings and constant ‘waggles’ at the Players Championship, with the fidgety American himself apologising repeatedly for the delays.
And Woods, obviously still one of the strongest voices in the game, believes players should be penalised a single shot for a ‘bad time’ when they are on the clock, therefore making it a far bigger deterrent than the current cash punishments that are estimated at between $5,000 and $10,000.
“Very simple. If you get a warning, you get a penalty. I think that would speed it up,” Woods said after carding a final round 73 in Florida to finish 12 strokes behind eventual winner Matt Kuchar.
“Strokes is money. One shot can be the difference between first and second. How much is the difference between first and second? $800,000?
“I would take the five grand over the 800k,” the 36-year-old (pictured) added. “That one shot, that’s the difference, that’s what people don’t realise, that one shot is so valuable.”
Woods, though, did admit he sympathised with Na who owned up to his difficulty in being able to release his stroke due to a lack of balance.
“I’ve never experienced anything like that but I’ve seen it before. I played with Sergio [Garcia] in 2002 and I think one of the holes, he re-gripped it 20-plus times.
“I haven’t seen Kevin do it in person but sometimes it is tough pulling the trigger. Some guys have an easier time committing and going and other guys don’t.”