Jack Nicklaus: Golf will be ruined by slowcoaches

Jack Nicklaus: Golf will be ruined by slowcoaches
US veteran golfer Jack Nicklaus has voiced his concern at the future of the sport after claiming the time taken for professionals to complete rounds is putting people off.

The 18-time major champion, who is nicknamed the Golden Bear, said young and old players are being turned away due to slowcoaches taking longer than five hours to make their way round the course.

He has made his stance on the matter clear and announced he is leading the charge for change after arguing the slow pace could have a damaging effect on the international image of the sport.

It comes after Englishman Ross Fisher was penalised a single stroke penalty for taking too long to take a shot at the Wales Open, which took place at Celtic Manor earlier this month.

"I was penalised twice when I was younger and I didn't like it. I never got fined but I wouldn't have minded one," explained 72-year-old Nicklaus.

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