Tiger Woods isn't in the field this week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
And it isn't because last year he was embarrassed by eventual champion Phil Mickelson in a final-round showdown.
The reasons for Woods' absence are many -- he usually plays only once in California to start his season, and this year it was Torrey Pines, where he won -- but what doesn't help the tournament is that it's regarded as the slowest on the PGA Tour's calendar.
Of course, much of the reason for that is because the professionals play with an amateur partner -- men whose golf balls don't seem to care that they're rich or famous -- and the weather's not usually cooperative.
But, either way, six-hour rounds of golf -- not uncommon at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am -- are no fun for anybody, even with Bill Murray clowning around to kill time.
Which is why United States Golf Association president Glen Nager should be applauded for elevating the issue of slow play to the top of his to-do list.