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Rory McIlroy thinks recreational golf needs to be faster

Rory McIlroy

We've all been there: our rounds besieged by a slow group right in front of us or just a couple of tee times in front of them. Even on the game's biggest stages, world No. 1 Rory McIlroy has been slowed down by pro tortoises. He's come to accept that pace as part of playing for such big purses and important titles but also realizes that pace trickles down to the weekend hacker -- and it's hurting the game's popularity.

The four-time major winner thinks the game needs to find a way to be faster to keep existing players and bring new ones to the sport.

"Everything's so instant now and everyone doesn't have as much time as they used to," McIlroy said to BBC Radio 4. "So you maybe try some way of speeding the game up."

McIlroy didn't offer specific solutions to the game's pace problems, but believes the game's governing bodies are open to ideas, saying, "I don't think they'd be against it, especially if they wanted to get participation levels up."

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