"I was still trying to win." "I don't understand what the big hoopla was about." Those are two quotes from J.B. Holmes regarding his four-plus minute pre-shot deliberation at the Farmers Sunday. Terrible, right? But can you really blame him? With no serious consequence to taking an eternity to make up his mind at a potentially pivotal moment, why wouldn't he? Decency? Concern for his fellow competitor? It's been said before, but without real consequences, and real time limits, incidents like the Holmesian one will continue to occur.
Ben Alberstadt, Your Editor
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