By Andrew Both
KIAWAH ISLAND, South Carolina (Reuters) – A uncommon slow play penalty was handed out at the PGA Championship on Thursday as world quantity 80 John Catlin incurred the wrath of officers.
Catlin was docked one shot after officers judged he took too lengthy over two of his strokes within the opening spherical at Kiawah Island.
The first was at the sixteenth gap, his seventh, the place he was timed taking 74 seconds for his second shot, whereas the second got here at the third gap, his twelfth, the place he took 63 seconds for his second shot.
Catlin was hardly the one slow participant on Thursday as rounds stretched for five-and-a-half hours in a robust breeze that prompted some gamers to spend extra time than typical attempting to gauge shot and membership choice.
But he however turned the first participant to obtain a slow play penalty at a major championship since Hideki Matsuyama at the 2013 British Open.
(Reporting by Andrew Both; enhancing by Richard Pullin)