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Speedier Play Secret No. 3
When it's your turn to play, go ahead and play. "I tell guys, 'You don't hit balls on the range like this, and you hit 'em pretty good,' " says Russell. "You don't wait two minutes to hit every seven-iron shot."
The Race for the Cure
Richard Johnson is no longer among the Tour's slowpokes. "We had a tight TV window at Reno and had to start at daybreak," Russell says. "The lead guy was Richard Johnson, the slowest player you could imagine. I went on the 1st tee and said, 'Richard, you're leading off,' and he said, 'Mark, you don't have to say another word. I have an 11 o'clock flight and have to be on it.' He shot 64 that day and finished in the top 10. I saw him a few weeks later and asked what he learned. 'Unbelievable,' is all he said, and we've never had another problem with him."
One nominee for the latest Slowest Player on Tour, a label held by Ben Crane ever since Sabbatini finished a hole at Congressional in 2005 while Crane fiddled with his shot from the fairway, is Kevin Na, a fidgety player who can't seem to pull the trigger. He was paired with Ángel Cabrera, one of the game's fastest golfers, at last year's Players. "I watched Kevin play a shot from under the trees, just a layup shot, and it took him five full minutes," Brendle says. "Ángel was 200 yards ahead, waiting, so I drove up there. He looked at me and said, 'Gringo. Me play with Kevin Na. Painful.' I broke up, I couldn't help it."
The Slo-Mo Magnificent Seven
Rules officials refused to name names on who's holding up play, so I took an unofficial survey of players, caddies and media. The winners are Na, definitely; Fredrik Jacobson ("Killer slow," one poll subject says); Masters champs Trevor Immelman and Zach Johnson ("Major slow"); J.B. Holmes ("He likes to visualize the shot first—apparently in super slo-mo"); Michael Letzig ("He's lucky he plays in the back of the pack or he'd be getting timed every round"); and Sean O'Hair. Honorable mention: Crane ("Most improved"), Padraig Harrington, Stewart Cink, D.A. Points, Sergio García, Omar Uresti ("The O-Man is Slow-Man"), Jeff Overton and Bob Estes.
Nick Faldo ("Bernhard Langer got a bad rap. Nick was way worse").