Watson assessed rare slow-play warning


EDISON, N.J. – On a tour known for deliberate play Bubba Watson is far from habitually slow.

In fact, Watson is one of the PGA Tour’s faster players, which is why he found it so amusing when a rules official assessed him a “bad time” on Friday at The Barclays.

Watson said he received the bad time for taking a little over a minute to hit his third shot on the par-5 16th hole when he was allotted 40 seconds to play the shot.

“I told them, ‘I'm not mad at anybody about the bad timing.’ I went over the time, which is the right ruling,” Watson said. “It's just on a hole like that, on one of the toughest holes we've ever played it's very difficult. I mean, we had to wait a couple holes later on the group on 18.”

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Although Watson made a par on the 16th hole, and a bogey at No. 17, he was otherwise solid on a windy day at Plainfield Country Club, following his first-round 65 with a 68 on Friday for a one-stroke lead.

According to the Tour’s pace-of-play policy, there is no penalty the first time a player exceeds the allotted time.