Speed it up: Slow play plagues U.S. Women's Open

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KOHLER, Wis. – Slow play is a topic in yet another major championship.

The final pairing Saturday, the twosome of Suzann Pettersen and Michelle Wie, played in 5 hours and 25 minutes. They were merely keeping pace.

“It was hard to get a rhythm to start off,” Pettersen said. “It took forever to play, a lot of hold ups.”

The U.S. Golf Association’s Ben Kimball, the director of the U.S. Women’s Open, thought the time excessive but understandable.

“That is pretty slow for two players, but with the conditions today, obviously players are going to be more deliberate in windy conditions and with so much on the line with each and every shot.” Kimball said. “And it’s a tough course to get around.”

Kimball reported the average time Saturday was 4 hours and 50 minutes.

“Tomorrow, we’re hoping for improvements,” Kimball said. “There are some things with the setup that will help.”