LPGA player receives two-stroke penalty for slow play at major — and misses cut by one
NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA. - Klara Spilkova was given a two-stroke penalty for slow play in the second round of the KPMG women's PGA championship. The 25-year-old Czech player received the penalty at the end of the 15th hole at Aronimink Golf Club.
Spilkova carded a 3-over-73 and missed the cut by one shot and ended with 7 over par. The 2016 Olympic champion last cut the LPGA at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open in August.
Two-stroke penalties are rare when it comes to slow play in professional golf. The LPGA doubled the price of its fines in 2020. Seven pace fines and a two-stroke penalty were imposed last year. (This is in addition to the LPGA rookie penalty Andrea Lee received at the US Women's Open last year. Lee was an amateur at the time.)
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Earlier this week there were concerns that 132 players would finish the first two rounds before daylight. When the game was interrupted due to darkness on Thursday, only one group was left on the pitch. The entire field finished the game in the second round and 75 players made the cut.
Klara Spilkova of the Czech Republic plays a shot at the 11th hole in the second round of the 2020 KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Aronimink Golf Club on October 9, 2020 in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith / Getty Images)
Anna Nordqvist, who is one stroke behind leader Sei Young Kim, played in the group directly behind Spilkova.
"It's hard to play fast. I feel like I am out here just because of all the slopes on the greens and the winds," said Nordqvist. "And if you are just a little wrong, you will be left behind in difficult situations." I have a feeling we probably waited a little longer yesterday. Today we were told that the groups in front of us were a little slow. "
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