Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Updated: May 16, 1:06 PM ET
Matt Kuchar suggests shot clock
By Richard Durrett
IRVING, Texas -- Slow play is a hot topic on the PGA Tour these days, especially after Kevin Na waggled his way to some long days over the weekend at The Players Championship.
Matt Kuchar, who played with Na in the final round en route to winning the tournament Sunday, was asked Tuesday what he would do about slow play.
"It might be interesting to have a tournament with a shot clock," said Kuchar, getting ready for this week's HP Byron Nelson Championship at TPC Las Colinas. "You would hope it wouldn't be on a hard course. In certain places, if you have 3-footers, and you miss, it's seven feet coming back. But I would be interested to see a shot clock thrown out there."
So how much time should be on the shot clock?
"Just the rules of golf -- 40 seconds," Kuchar said.
Kuchar said that playing on the PGA Tour forces golfers to "acclimate" to slower play.
"I think if you were a very fast player it would be a difficult thing to play late on Saturday and Sunday because it's going to go slow and even Thursday and Friday with threesomes, it goes slow," Kuchar said. "You almost make accommodations."
Kuchar said Na didn't bother him. That's not a surprising answer, knowing Kuchar seems to enjoy his day on the course and is able to stay in the moment when he needs to, no matter what's going on around him.
"I don't let slow play bother me," Kuchar said. "I think back to the college days (playing at Georgia Tech) and my teammates and all the grief we gave each other, and you had to have such thick skin, you couldn't let anything bother you."
Kuchar said perhaps a weekend with some buddies from college as part of a wedding right before The Players helped steady him over the weekend.
"A lot of us played and it was a full-on, trash-talking gauntlet that you can't imagine and I don't know if that helped condition me and get me ready for what I faced on Sunday," Kuchar said.