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Montgomerie frustrated at slow play

After a five hour plus 2nd round at the Australian Masters Colin Montgomerie has suggested forcefully that slow players should be penalised 1 shot

Despite his obvious frustration Montgomerie gave himself a great chance of victory with a five-under 67 for a total of 139.

"I'm very critical of slow play and I don't know why it should be that way, there's no reason why we should be playing for five hours," he said.

"I think after four hours you should pick your ball up and walk in, and if you haven't finished then that's tough, really four hours is enough to play golf, especially in the early morning."

I would make it four hours, whatever course you play, and everybody would have to stick to that time - and if they're behind that time, and there's not a reason for it, they get a shot penalty.

"Fining golfers is not a thing these days, a thousand dollars, it really doesn't affect things, but a shot penalty does."

Montgomerie, who said he had played with quick players, Australians Aaron Baddeley and Jarrod Moseley, was at a loss to explain what was the cause of the slow play in Friday's second round of the Masters.

"I was brought up to play golf in three hours, and why it should take two hours' longer these days I do not know," he added.

"There's obviously a lot more money involved in golf, but at the same time we're playing the same courses and I can't see why it should take this long.

"Every shot we played today we were waiting to play, and it doesn't help the rhythm of playing a round."

With scores of 75, 73 Sergio Garcia was among those who missed the cut.

Leading Scores

137 A Scott 71 66

138 B King 70 68, P Lonard 70 68

139 M Ecob 70 69, P Fowler 65 74, R Pampling 69 70, C Montgomerie (Sco) 72 67, C Parry 67 72, R Davis 69 70, M Wilson (USA) 73 66

140 M Cocking 65 75, J Benepe (USA) 70 70, R Imada (Jpn) 71 69, G Simpson 71 69, P O'Malley 68 72, B Rumford 67 73, G Coles 72 68, R Backwell 73 67, S Hend 73 67, D Podlich 69 71, A Painter 69 71

 

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