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.
“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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