In more peaceful times, when Tiger Woods had gone six months without losing and golf seemed to revolve around him, he ended a monthly newsletter with a rare trip to the soap box to complain about the pace of play on the U.S. PGA Tour.
''Before I go, I would like to talk about slow play,'' Woods wrote. ''It's been an ongoing problem on the tour for a long time.''
That was in 2008.
When he finished The Players Championship on Sunday, Woods measured progress with one word.
''Worse,'' he said.
On the eve of The Players Championship commissioner Tim Finchem was asked if the tour felt a sense of urgency to play faster and an obligation to set an example for golfers everywhere. His answer included this nugget that made little sense.
''I actually think we might want to experiment with penalty shots,'' Finchem said. ''But I don't think penalty shots make a difference, to be honest with you.''