LPGA player who was disqualified for slow play explains the’subjective’ nature of pace of play penalties

By Fly Pin High |
August 11, 2023

Carlota Ciganda received a penalty for pace of play at the Amundi Evian Championship last month. This led her to sign a wrong scorecard, and disqualify herself from the event.

Ciganda asked at the time if the rule is being applied equally across the sports.

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“I’m aware that I’m not fast, but there are many slower players who don’t receive the same penalties and aren’t timed nearly as much as me. I don’t believe that’s right.”

Ciganda began her major championship week, the AIG Women’s Open on Thursday with a round of 70 (-2), good enough for a tie in 17th place.

The Spaniard, after the round was asked whether she had made any effort to speed up her play.

“On the greens a little faster. We have been practicing and I believe we did well today. We waited a few gaps to the group ahead, so I believe we did well.

You have to realize that we play professional golf for a living, and it can take longer if you are in the rough. “If you make a bad shot, it only takes a few minutes more, so I believe they should understand this a little more.”

When is the start of time? It’s all subjective. “I think that if there was a referee for every group, many girls would be penalized and I don’t think it is fair.”

Ciganda has decided to leave the slow-play talk behind and concentrate on competing in a major championship this weekend.

The two-time LPGA Tour champion explained, “At the very end of the game I am here to play golf. I try to do my best.” “I consider myself a nice and respectful person, and I do respect all players when I play. I hope that they will reciprocate.”

“Some players are faster and others slower. Yes, I know I’m faster, but many others are as well. I don’t wish to focus on it too much. “I just love golf and play it. That’s all.”

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