The European Tour is so determined to stamp out slow play it has even come up with a tournament title to show how serious it is about the problem.
Introducing the "Shot Clock Masters". Honestly.
Formerly known as the Austrian Open, the Shot Clock Masters, June 7-10 near Vienna, will feature a shot clock for all players, and hand out one-shot penalties to those who exceed the time limit.
The Tour has already trialed a shot clock. One was used during this year's GolfSixes tournament at the Centrurion Club just north of London. The clock was only used on the fourth hole and just one player fell foul of it. Former Oregon State player Paul Peterson exceeded the 40-second limit and was penalized one stroke.
Every player will be timed on every shot in Austria. The other big difference from GolfSixes is that the event will use the Tour's official timing policy. Each player in the 120-man field will have 50 seconds for the first player in a group, with 40 seconds for subsequent players. A one-shot penalty will be handed out to players going over the time limit, and a red card will appear beside their name on the leaderboard.
The Tour is hoping to cut three-ball timings down to four hours, and two balls down to three hours and 15 minutes.
(Excerpt from Golf Week Magazine.)