Shot clock at next year’s Aus­trian Open to com­bat slow play

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Time will be of the essence to the golfers play­ing in next year’s Aus­trian Open where penal­ties will be im­posed for those ex­ceed­ing a stop­watch on each shot, Euro­pean golf’s rul­ing body the EPGA has said. The tour­na­ment — which is to be re­named The Shot Clock Masters — will be his­toric in that it is the first time golfers have a time limit on each shot, and fail­ure to keep to it will see them pe­nalised. The move is hoped to re­duce round times by three-quar­ters of an hour. Each group will have 50 sec­onds for the first player to play any given shot, and 40 sec­onds for sub­se­quent play­ers. A one-shot penalty will be is­sued for each bad time in­curred, with each player given two time-outs per round which will dou­ble their al­lot­ted time. “The 2018 Shot Clock Masters will be a fas­ci­nat­ing ad­di­tion to our sched­ule next year,” said Euro­pean Tour chief ex­ec­u­tive Keith Pel­ley. “Not only will it help us com­bat slow play and re­duce round times, it is also fur­ther ev­i­dence of our de­sire to em­brace in­no­va­tion.” Reuters/afp/ap

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