I have gotten several emails asking me to voice my opinion, so here it is.
Slow play is one of the major issues plaguing golf right now. Golfers from the worst beginner all the way up to Tiger Woods are playing too slow. The pre-shot routines are taking too long, finding the perfect yardage is taking too long and people are standing over the ball way too long. It is turning golf into a marathon and slow play rules need to be more rigorously enforced by public and private course marshals and pro golf tour officials.
That being said, what an absolutely horrible time to try and enforce the rules. I hate it when umpires and referees in major sports think they are part of the game and influence the outcome too much. In basketball they call it swallowing the whistle. This rules official should have swallowed the whistle instead of putting Woods and Harrington on the clock because he affected the outcome.
It was a disgrace.