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Oh What a Solheim Cup

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It will almost be three weeks since Europe won the Solheim Cup, but I'm still reeling with joy every time I think about it. I watched every player tee off for their singles matches and the atmosphere was amazing. There were lots of shouts of encouragement from myself and Naga Munchetty.

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I would have liked to have been inside the ropes on the 18th as Suzann Pettersen holed the winning putt, but like many others, penning the drama as it unfolded, I was in the media centre watching on the big screen. As you can imagine, there were plenty of gasps and cheers as the match turned around in Europe's favour over the last 45 minutes, along with plenty of chuckles when Charley Hull used an expletive when she missed her final putt - knowing that all of us would have done the same! I felt really emotional when I sat and watched the winning European team in the interview room, especially when players paid tributes to Suzann Pettersen, who had just announced that she was retiring.

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It’s a relief that the match was such a thriller as it was in real danger of being completely overshadowed by the subject of slow play.

It was a shame that the Solheim Cup and women’s golf bore the brunt of this topic of conversation because whilst I agree that at times play was ridiculously slow; it’s an issue on both the men’s and women’s tours.

As a new and young club golfer, I have never forgotten being politely told by a take an extra swing or two, I have always been conscious of this unofficial rule so as not to hinder pace of play. Clearly professional players are not as law-abiding as me!

At the Solheim Cup, some players were not taking just one or two practice swings, but 10, 15 or more. This amongst other things contributed to six-hour rounds, which are unacceptable.

It’s not rocket science, the reason professional players take an excessive number of practice swings, spend an age discussing a shot with their caddie or lining up a putt is because they are allowed to get away with it. They might receive the odd warning or two, but the authorities need to start dishing out penalty strokes, an action that’s backed by some of the world’s top players like Rory McIlroy, then they’d soon speed up.

For everyone’s sake, the game needs to get a move on

 



 

 
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