Cristie Kerr’s apology for slow play rings completely false

Boredom Spieth
Boredom Spieth
Boredom Spieth
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The blowback against Cristie Kerr was swift. Much swifter than her play during the tournament-deciding playoff at the Volunteers of America Shootout.

Kerr battled Japan’s Haru Nomura in a six-hole sudden death playoff that took an excruciating two hours to complete. Of course, cold winds in Texas were howling. Nelly Korda called the conditions the toughest she’d played in. Indeed, only three players broke par at Las Colinas Country Club—something unheard of outside the U.S. Open.

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Imagine the amount of time you’d take over a potentially tournament-winning shot with 30 to 40 mph winds swirling and shifting direction. Even the swiftest players on Tour would be forced to take some extra time. Similar, perhaps, to the pause for consideration of the conditions players take at Augusta National’s wind-swirled par-3 12th hole.

Even so, Kerr was about as deliberate in her pace as any human being could conceivably be. This isn’t to say it was a battle between the tortoise and the hare, however, as Nomura was quite deliberate as well.

Amid the rash of criticism, Kerr took to social media to offer this apology.

She couldn’t help pointing out that Nomura was slow as well, a decision that will surely draw additional criticism.

If you’re looking for a closer approximation of Kerr’s feelings, however, it may be best to consider this Twitter egg’s tweet she hit the old RT button on.

Apparently a big fan of the truth Tonya1973 was telling, Kerr retweeted this as well.

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All of which is to say, her “apology” looks much more like a face-saving gesture than a genuine expression of the fact that she regretted her actions.

One has to think Kerr has similar feelings toward an exceedingly deliberate pace of play as Jason Day, who famously told the world earlier this year he’d back off a shot five times until he was ready and had no intention of shifting to a higher gear.

So be it, but tweeting (and retweeting) out of both sides of her mouth isn’t the way for Kerr to put controversy to bed.

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