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With Slow Play Dividing the Golf Community, LPGA Sensation Rose Zhang Gives Her Strong Verdict, Just Days After Turning Pro

Published 06/04/2023, 4:00 AM EDT

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Slow play has been a long-standing debate in the golf world for quite some time now. Many people have expressed their stance on the issue, and the most recent name to join the list is Rose Zhang. The emerging LPGA star has quickly become an appealing name and is not shying away from expressing her strong opinion.

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Zhang, who recently turned professional after being a collegiate golfer, has expressed how the two levels of the sport are different from each other in terms of speed.

Rose Zhang takes a stern stance on slow play 


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The 20-year-old LPGA sensation only recently turned pro after making many records in her amateur career. The young golfer is just as strong off the course with her words as she is on the course with her clubs.

Debuting at the LPGA’s groundbreaking event at Liberty National, the Mizuho Americas Open, the Standford sophomore shared her take on slow play. On Saturday, during the post-round conference, an interviewer asked her about the long wait time between the shots and whether it affected her staying in the moment.


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The LPGA sensation replied, saying, Yeah. Definitely, I feel like professional golf is a little slower than what college golf and amateur golf are.” Explaining why this may be the cause, she said that it is because golfers are not as scrambling in professional golf as they are in college golf. She also added that players have their caddies with them who talk them through each shot, which may again slow the pace.

But not all was bad for the golf with the slow pace. She claimed that the long waits between shots gave her time to chat with her experienced LPAG caddie, Jason Gilroyed, whom she lovingly calls Gilly. Commenting on her overall experience, at her debut, Zhang added that she had no complaints yet. “It’s just been a fun time,” she claimed.


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What ignited the discussion of slow play in the golf world? 

Slow play has been a persistent issue in the game of golf. But the discussion was sparked during the first major tournament of this season, the Masters. It happened during the final round of the game, when Patrick Cantlay took an ungodly amount of time to complete his round.

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In the past, many players have expressed their take on the topic. Some seemed unbothered by it, but on the contrary, a few names in the golf fraternity, such as Paige Spiranac, seem to be a bit more bothered by slow play than others.


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What do you think of the slow play? Do you agree with Rose Zhang’s stance on it? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Riya Singhal

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Riya Singhal is a promising golf writer at EssentiallySports. She was recently recruited in the latest round of ‘ES Draft’ as one of the young writers with a strong passion for golf writing. Despite being in her early days, Riya has already showcased exceptional talent in her coverage of the sport, with her article on Brooks Koepka's kind gesture towards a young fan after his Masters loss quickly rising to the top of the charts.

Edited By: Sheldon Pereira