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Wednesday 1st May 2019

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SUBSCRIBE WEDNESDAY 1.5.19 WWW.IRISHGOLFER.IE .ie D id Edoardo Molinari em- bark on a noble crusade against the plight of slow play or was it an irrelevant exercise that will do little to change the land- scape of the tortuous snail's pace within golf? The lesser spotted Molinari took to twitter over the weekend to lament the five and a half hours it took to play the second round of the Trophee Hassan II in Mo- rocco. "It's time that professional golf does something serious for slow play…5h30mins to play 18 holes on a golf course without rough is just too long…way too long! #stopslowplay," tweeted @ DodoMolinari. After his tweet quickly gained traction, Dodo decided he would name and shame the slow play offenders on a list if he got over 1,000 retweets – which, of course, he did! Spain's Adrian Otaegui topped the list (with six bad times in 10 events) that included high profile players like Henrik Stenson and Jon Rahm (neither of whom are considered slow) plus his own brother Francesco. You can't help feeling if Edoar- do's Major winning brother had delivered this speed bomb then the outcome might have held more gravitas. Even with Frankie's dull delivery, a message coming from an Open Champion rather than his journeyman brother might have made some sit up and take more notice? So, was it just a publicity stunt by the player, or a genuine attempt to address a real problem within golf? Another thing to consider is 'rat- Paul Gallagher wonders if the Italian's bold move to list the slow play offenders on twitter will have any lasting impact or was it just a publicity stunt? EDOARDO QUICK TO OUT SLOW PLAY Edoardo Molinari

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