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Slow play hot topic at player meeting

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Tuesday’s mandatory player meeting at Quail Hollow lasted over an hour and covered a wide range of topics including slow play, players wearing microphones during rounds and staff salaries.

According to one player who requested anonymity, commissioner Tim Finchem announced he earned $4.7 million in 2009, down from the $5.3 million he reportedly earned in 2008 which is a combination of his base salary and performance bonuses.

Following a Player Advisory Council meeting at Harbour Town two weeks ago the possibility of players wearing microphones and doing mid-round interviews was also discussed.

A common theme at these types of gathering quickly came up, however, when Rory Sabbatini began a debate about slow play and the Tour’s secondary cut.

“It’s disappointing to see guys who do make the cut who get hit by the secondary (Made Cut-Did Not Finish),” said Sabbatini, who was involved in a high-profile slow play dust up with Ben Crane in 2005. “If these guys had a chance to play on Sunday they could move up (the leaderboard), and it’s all because of slow play.”

Sabbatini, who declined to talk about what he specifically suggested at the meeting, has not had an MDF this season, which occurs when more than 78 players make the cut, but there was a secondary cut two weeks ago at the Heritage.