For two days, the 2004 U.S. Open was a thing of beauty. And then the weekend arrived, where a difficult Saturday gave way to a near-unplayable Sunday.
Coming on the heels of a brutally slow Sunday at the Memorial, the Shot Clock Masters is showing that golf can, in fact, be sped up.
Slow play is a problem on Tour, but singling out specific players won't fix anything. This is a broader issue with no easy solution.
Everyone's looking ahead this week, to golf's future with gambling, to the upcoming PGA Tour schedule, and to where the distance debate leads.