Ryuji Imada is the anti-Kevin Na
By mustang6560 on 5/22/12
The hot topic in golf right now is pace of play - for good reason.

Last weekend at the Sybase Match Play Championship, Morgan Pressel was assessed a pace of play penalty during her semi-final match against eventual winner Azahara Munoz, which turned her 3up thru 12 lead into 1up. And two weeks ago at The Players Championship, Kevin Na balked his way around the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, which led to he and his final round playing partner Matt Kuchar being put on the clock.

But, not everyone in professional golf is slow. Some players like Ryuji Imada play fast - really fast.
Ryuji Imada teed off on Sunday morning with no one in front of him and no one playing with him. The Japanese golfer, with a buddy from Tyler, Texas, on the bag with him, sped around TPC Four Seasons Resort & Club in 2 hours, 8 minutes. And he was disappointed in that time.

"It's not bad, but I've played in 1 hour, 47 minutes before at Hilton Head," Imada said. "I like to play fast, so it's good for me."
To be fair to the Kevin Na's of the world, the reason Ryuji was able to play so quick was because he was the first person to tee off Sunday morning and nobody was playing with him. Plus, he wasn't playing for very much money. The difference between 67th place is a T63 place is pennies on the dollar for a PGA Tour player. Had he been near the top of the leaderboard, I guarantee you his pace of play would have been much different!

I'm not sure I could play 18 holes of golf in just over two hours. I've never clocked my fastest round of golf, but I imagine it's around the three hour mark. If I can play a round of golf in under 3 1/2 hours, I consider it a success.

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bducharm says:
With no one in front of me, I can play our course in 2 hours. That is in a cart. I fix every ball mark and fill every divot.
DougE says:
I regularly play 18 in 2-2 1/2 hrs when the course is empty and I play alone, which is often. Granted, I use a cart. But I don't rush. I just play at a normal pace. I take my practice swings, I read the greens, I look for balls if necessary. I just don't have to wait for anyone. I don't understand why that seems fast to some. At 20 seconds per shot, which is all it takes to visualize, take two practice swings, set up and pull the trigger, that is less than 30 minutes total to take 83 or 88 shots/putts, my average score. Can't understand why anyone would need a whole two more hours, just to travel around the course with a cart. I play after work often. I typically will get to the course after 5. Now that the days are longer, I usually have no problem getting in 18 before dark, even if the course is busy. Sometimes, I will go out in May June or July at 7 and play nine before dark, no problem. I don't dilly dally, but I don't rush either. Speed it up people.
legitimatebeef says:
Moral of the story--ladies love fast play.
clevelandstever says:
I walked nine in just under forty five minutes once but it was an executive par 30. My fastest standard 18 (walking) is about 2 1/2 hours and change, played alone and was the first guy off the tee.
DaRupp13 says:
Having a caddie would make all the difference here..basically a golf cart with a brain. I typically walk and carry, I could probably get around a full length 18 hole course in a little over 3 hours by myself with no one in front of me. I could play it in an hour and easily shoot the course record of 18. Gimme? Gimme!
mjaber says:
With no one in front of me, walking and carrying, I've played 9 holes in 45 minutes.
tjumper78 says:
oh please...
people play differently. some play fast, some do slow. why does it have to be fast all the time?
playing by myself, it takes me about 2 hours to finish 18 holes at my local course. playing on packed courses on weekends, i know it takes 4.25 hours on average and i go there expecting to spend that much time.
as long as the players are not falling behind the suggested pace, i dont see any problems. if you do, you need to find an empty private club.

imo, the slow plays are normally caused by 2 breeds of people. the first is hacks that hits every club 50 yards and lose balls. the second is short hitting high cappers that play from the tips.

also, people need to stop harassing kevin na.
first, he has a medical condition. second, he is aware of this matter and always tries to keep up although it's often not satisfactory to the others.
if i am playing for millions of dollars, i will take all the time i get while trying not to break the rules.
dtak84 says:
@tjumper78 mental condition? What in the world are you talking about?
dtak84 says:
clevelandstever says:
Getting the yips is a medical condition?
mmontisano says:
i once walked 18 in about 2.5 hours and shot a new personal best on that particular course. i actually think playing faster is more beneficial. less thinking and relying on more intuition and muscle memory.
Bryan K says:
If I have to wait for no one, I consider 2.5 hours to play 18 about standard when I'm walking and not in a hurry.
tjumper78 says:
last time i heard, OCD was a medical condition.
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