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Anonymous Pro: If your pace of play is affecting your fellow competitors, you're in the wrong. Look at Zach Johnson. His chance of winning the Players was toast on Saturday because he had to play with Na. Zach is one of the most patient guys in the world, but TV showed him standing by the water on the 18th with his back to Na like he was thinking, Get me out of here.
Bamberger: We need something radical to change the way we play golf. It's a massive problem for the game's future.
Anonymous Pro: The difference between where Na finished at the Players and one shot worse was $49,000. One shot meant a lot more than fining him $5,000 or even $20,000. A penalty stroke is the only way to get a player's attention.
Garrity: What was that? I wasn't listening.
Anonymous Pro: They put Nick Faldo on the clock at Weston Hills in the Honda Classic, like 20 years ago, and he said, I'll sign a check right now, I don't give a crap, just leave me alone, I'm trying to win a golf tournament. If they would've said, Nick, one bad time and you get a shot penalty, it would've gotten him moving because he doesn't want to give up a shot. The fine doesn't matter to guys trying to win.
Hack: The players have so much power. That's why something objective, like a checkpoint or a shot clock, is better. It's not personal then, it's just business.
Garrity: If you want to go sadistic on the slowpokes, how about a rule that says you can't back off a shot once you've addressed the ball? Didn't baseball ban stepping out of the batter's box between pitches? This would definitely speed up play. On the other hand, it would put Jim Furyk in a nursing home.
Van Sickle: San Francisco is a special golf town. Where would you play if you could—excluding, Pebble Beach and Cypress Point?
Bamberger: I'd go to the Pacific Grove, where I've spent many happy hours.