How sluggish was the opening round of the women’s Olympic golf competition on Wednesday?
“Extremely (slow),” said American Stacy Lewis. “That’s putting it nicely.”
Asked if it was due to the golf course, Lewis said, “I don’t know why it took so long. It took us 5 1/2 hours to play today. So I honestly don’t know. I knew it was going to take probably close to five, between four and a half and five. It’s a lot of golf course to walk and takes some time, but I didn’t expect it to be that slow.”
Lewis played with first-round leader Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand and Korea’s Sei Young Kim. She said they didn’t tee off on schedule at 9:58 a.m. EST, and the pace never improved.
“The couple groups in front of us were on the clock at one point,” she said. “But apparently it didn’t seem to matter.” (No one was penalized for slow play.)
Lewis shot a one-under 70 and ended the opening day five shots back of Jutanugarn.
“(The slow play) affects me, because I like to play and I like to play in a rhythm and get going,” she said. “Just at times it felt like you were hitting the first tee shot of the day. You just stand there for so long. It’s definitely frustrating, and all three of us play fast. So that was the problem, too, was that we were going to wait even more because we are all fast players.”