The World No. 1 believes the rules should be enforced on slow play – following Carlota Ciganda’s controversial expulsion at the Evian Championship
Rules are rules. That’s what World No. 1 Nelly Korda thinks about curbing slow play on tour – after admitting long rounds were “tough to watch”.
Carlota Ciganda was disqualified after refusing to accept a slow play penalty at the Evian Championship and Korda, renowned as a quick operator, was quizzed about it – and pace of play in general – ahead of her first round at the AIG Women’s Open.
“I think it should be monitored,” she said at Walton Heath. “I mean, if I’m being honest. If I was a spectator and I was out here for 5 1/2 hours to 6 hours, you know, it’s tough to watch, right.
“You want to watch a sport that’s continuously moving and not continuously stalling. I would say I think it’s really important for the rules officials to enforce The Rules of Golf.”
Ciganda was handed a two-shot penalty after being found to have breached the LPGA Tour’s Pace of Play policy on the final hole of her second round.
She opted not to add the penalty to her scorecard and, after being told that leaving the scoring area with a lower signed score would lead to a DQ, was kicked out of the tournament.
It caused plenty of controversy but Korda said she wants the penalties to keep on coming.
“Yeah, I think at the end of the day, The Rules of Golf are The Rules of Golf and they should be enforced,” the American explained.
“I really like Carlota. She’s a great person. I enjoy playing with her. I am a fast player, but I would say at the end of the day The Rules of Golf are The Rules of Golf, and it’s good that it’s being enforced.”
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