off the pace

off the pace

Falling behind the leader in a group of competitors. Taken literally from racing but applied to any sport featuring multiple athletes. Both the Number 1 and Number 2 ranked players have found themselves well off the pace after the opening round of the International Golf Open. Following their loss, and Italy's victory, Ireland now sits six points further off the pace than they were just one day ago.
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off the pace

behind the leader or leading group in a race or contest.
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Burmester and Schwartzel are competing at the WGC-Mexico Championship instead, but 2015 champion Coetzee is in the field and carded an opening 67 to lie three off the pace set by De Jager.
Scots Steven Gallacher, Marc Warren, David Drysdale and Paul Lawrie are three off the pace, with Scott Jamieson a shot further back.
Hwang, who seized the first-round lead with a 68 on Wednesday, held off the local aces' early charge with three birdies in the first 13 holes but wavered at the finish, falling off the pace twice, retaking the lead before gaining a piece of it on a bogey-par-birdie-double-bogey-birdie windup.
Held up off the pace, he was making late progress and looked like challenging for a place when he was quite badly hampered by a faller at the second-last and lost a fair bit of momentum.
WOODSOME Hall professional Chris Hanson was off the pace in the final round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in miserable conditions at Castle Stuart.
Overall, Froome leads Van Garderen (BMC Racing) by a massive 2:52, with Quintana in third, 3:09 off the pace.
SERGIO Garcia is just one shot off the lead heading into the final round of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, but Ryder Cup R team-mate Lee Westwood fell well off the pace yesterday.
I know they have been slightly off the pace in certain years, but I think they have improved and I have a lot of respect for Arsenal.
BECKY HARRIES produced one of her best-ever competitive rounds under pressure in Turkey yesterday to keep Wales in the hunt for honours albeit a little way off the pace in the World Women's Amateur Team Championship for the coveted Espirito Santo Trophy.
German rider John Degenkolb won the stage, with the overall top two finishing four seconds off the pace.
NUNEATON-born Steve Webster led the Warwickshire trio after the opening round of the Irish Open at Royal Portrush yesterday with a fine 69 to stand four shots off the pace.
Scot Martin Laird is just two shots off the pace after a second-round 70 and is looking to push on from third.
Rory McIlroy was also making strides up the leaderboard with the Northern Irishman 11 under through 13 holes, one stroke off the pace.
Lafeber started the day level on eight under with Robert Karlsson and Johan Edfors, but both Swedes slipped off the pace after solid rather than the spectacular rounds they produced on Thursday.
Karrie Webb from Australia will go into today's final round two shots off the pace while Helen Alfredsson, Paula Creamer and Choi make up a group on nine under.