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Shipnuck: It's too early to fret about Luke's missing major. He has learned how to consistently peak for majors. Couple that with his growth into a cold-blooded closer, and I have no doubt that he'll win one soon, maybe very soon.
Hack: Luke has been on a run of sterling play, but I won't get excited about it or remember it until he wins a major. I can't call him stone cold without one of the big trophies. Can't do it. It's a tough metric, but those are the rules of the game. He's 34, right in his golfing sweet spot.
Garrity: You're all forgetting one very important thing. Rory has better hair.
Van Sickle: Any ideas on how to cure slow play on Tour, other than banning Kevin Na?
Garrity: I'd order the networks to stay live on a player through the entire club selection and preshot routine. No jumping to a Kyle Stanley tap-in while Keegan Bradley is start-stop-rewinding behind his ball for the third time. The resulting plunge in ratings would motivate the Tour to punish slowpokes.
Shipnuck: Use checkpoints, as in, you have to reach the 6th hole or the 12th hole in a certain amount of time, or there are ramifications and penalties.
Hack: That's exactly what the American Junior Golf Association does. If the group doesn't hit the first checkpoint in time, the players get a card. The next checkpoint, they get a shot. And it works.
Shipnuck: That way if you hit a ball OB or look for a lost ball, you still have a few holes to catch up. There's no perfect system—the slow player is always going to hurt the entire group.
Van Sickle: That's right, the problem is giving the penalty to the right person. Everyone said it was Azahara Muñoz who was playing slowly in the Sybase, but it was Morgan Pressel who got the penalty.