First Olympic slow-play penalty hits Brazil's Lovelady


Victoria Lovelady on Thursday became the first golfer in the Olympics to be penalized for slow play. The Brazilian was assessed a one-shot penalty on the 15th hole during the second round, according to Golfweek.

Lovelady already had been warned for taking too much time on the 10th hole. When she was determined to have proceeded too slowly on the par-4 15th, the penalty turned her par into a bogey.  She shot 4-over 75 and is 56th in the 60-player field.

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Lovelady said she had to "back off a lot of shots" because "there was a lot of interruption noise from the crowds, which is normal. She pleaded her case to R&A rules official Grant Moir, but with no success,

“I told him, but he didn’t see it as valid,” she said. “They have to do their job. It’s the Olympics. They have to be very strict. I respect their choice. What can I do?"

Play was noticeably slow in Round 1, when many rounds stretched to 5½ hours. Stacy Lewis described the pace of play as extremely slow, adding, "That's putting it nicely."