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September 05, 2013

Bubba: Slow play bigger problem than anchored putters

Posted at 11:56 AM by Scooby Axson | Categories: Bubba Watson, PGA Tour

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The USGA and R&A have banned anchored putting -- effective Jan. 1, 2016 -- but Bubba Watson said that golf's ruling bodies still need to address the biggest problem in the game: slow play.

"Slow play is a problem on the PGA Tour, and I think that's our biggest concern."

"We are worried about putters and golf balls and all these things, but I think we should be more concerned about slow play and speeding the game up, not just for pros but for amateur golfers, as well," Watson said. "Nobody wants to play a game that takes five and a half hours to play. We want everybody to be able to play and go a lot faster."

According to Reuters, Watson made the remarks to the organizers of the Asian Tour's Thailand Golf Championship, which Watson will play later this year. Two Asian players were penalized for slow play at the 2013 majors: Guan Tianlang was hit with a one-stroke penalty at Augusta this year and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama was also being penalized at the British Open. Both penalties were controversial, but Watson said the penalties could be a learning experience.

"Nobody wants to see a young kid, a young player get that penalty. That penalty is not a fun penalty to get... happened to be Asian players, but I think the youngsters can learn from that."

Watson, who has three top-10 finishes this year, was also asked to assess his game. He hasn't won on tour since winning the 2012 Masters.

"I am happy with my game. Obviously you want to produce better scores. You want to win," he said. "I haven't won yet, but I'm playing well. I feel like I'm playing good."

(Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

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