I like kids. I support youth. I think the world has too many rules.
I was happy that Tianglang Guan, the 14-year-old from China, was given the opportunity to play in the Masters.
But he is slow. He is painfully slow. Idea for a book: 101 things to do while watiing for Guan to select a club.
He is the slow driver in the left lane of the freeway, the guy who finally gets to the front of the long line in the coffee shop and still doesn't know what he wants to order.
Guan was penalized a stroke for slow play at the Masters Friday. He might still make the cut. But he will sweat considerably harder than he would have without the penalty.
As bad as I feel for the kid, the penalty was just. If rules mean anything, you can't twist them to accommodate one player, even a player who is 14. He was warned. And he wouldn't increase his speed.
True, with an inconsistent wind and difficult pin placements, the course was playing long. But not nearly as long as Guan took to hit.