6h10 for 18 holes. Is that quite reasonable?

The first round of the 150th Open in history was the longest day of the year on the professional circuit. More than six hours for the evenings of the afternoon against five hours thirty for those of the morning. Explanations!

Lionel VELLA, in St Andrews (Scotland)

As close as possible to the part of Victor Perez this Thursday, which started at 9:36 a.m. with Zimbabwe Scott Vincent and Canadian Mackenzie Hughes, we very quickly realized that we would spend a lot of time with the Frenchman. A little too much perhaps. From tee n°5, a plug was thus created. Almost twenty minutes of waiting before leaving the driver. Endless !

But compared to the evening parties in the afternoon, those in the morning were generally fast. On average, they were completed in five hours and thirty minutes. So why such a difference when we know that the trio Woods, Fitzpatrick, man needed 6:10 to play eighteen holes?

Tangle of holes

This was just a joke. It just shouldn’t happen in golflaunched, annoyed, Matthew Fitzpatrick after this marathon day. But we can’t do much about it, somewhere. It is the result of the configuration of the course and its state at the time of playing it. It was very closed and to get the best trajectories, the best angles, you have to cross the fairways… »

Add to that that tangle of holes and crosses between the 7 and the 12, and those stray balls coming from the back holes that land on the fairways of the first leg (especially between the 14 and the 16) and you have a pretty mess … A so-called snail’s rhythm which has overcome the patience of many players.

Finish more than twenty minutes after sunset

I felt like everything was jerkya dropped Max Homa, author of a 73 (+1). The wait was just crazy. » « I’ve never seen anything like this before in my life », exclaimed Scottie Scheffler, yet owner of an excellent 68 (-4). ” This is St Andrewsemphasizes, fatalistic, Rory McIlroy. There is a lot of waiting on some greens and still waiting on others to get clear because a lot of par 4s are attackable in one (9, 10, 12, 15 and 18). It’s like the first two days with the full field. This speeds up on the weekends with the two parties. It moves much better. Playing here, you know what to expect the first few days… »

However, there are some limits that should never be crossed. So the Irish Ronan Mullarney, summoned in the last game at 4:16 p.m. local time (5:16 p.m. in France), made his last putt at 10:25 p.m. (11:25 p.m. in France). In the light of the sunset who had decided to give up his apron at… 9:49 p.m. (10:49 p.m. in France)! Yes, The Open is truly a golf tournament like no other!

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