PGA TOUR announce big changes to pace-of-play policy

Tour's new pace-of-play policy focused on the 'habits of the slowest players'

PGA TOUR announce big changes to pace-of-play policy

Players will find out each week if they've made it onto the list.

"We're not looking for a massive change, we can't get around these golf courses that quick", said the Englishman ahead of The American Express in California. "Now we're altering that to a match, so a 2nd injurious time in a match would outcome in a penalty stroke".

Anger over slow play has simmered amongst professionals for years, but came to a head last August after criticism of Bryson DeChambeau, who was recorded taking two minutes and 20 seconds to line up an eight-foot putt. "Now we are changing that to a tournament, so a second bad time in a tournament would result in a penalty stroke".

A trial duration will commence with the contemporary regulations to enter ruin the week of the RBC Heritage in April.

Dennis said the previous system concerning groups that are out of position will remain in effect, as well.

Currently, any neighborhood that's deemed out of situation - a hole within the help of the neighborhood in front or with a significant gap - is instructed it's a ways out of situation. A violation would result in an "Excessive Shot Time" penalty.

Any player in a tournament - even if they are not on the observation list - will also be penalised if they are found to take longer than 120 seconds to play a single shot without good reason.

A private Observation List will identify individuals whom ShotLink data identifies as the tour's most egregiously slow players.

Historically, the slow-play policy has focused on groups being out of position. Those players will go on and off the list based on a 10-tournament rolling period and will be subject to a 60-second average for all shots.

"In the past, two bad times in a round meant a penalty, and that has happened very infrequently". The fines for the second bad time in a season and for 10 cumulative timings in a season have also been raised to $50,000.

World No 1 Brooks Koepka confronted DeChambeau over his slow play, while Rory McIlroy later called for more frequent stroke penalties.

"We talked lengthy and hard relating to the observation list", Dennis stated. "It's going to be kept confidential". Players will be notified if they are on the list on a week-to-week basis. Our goal with this is to really educate the players.

The Tour will create an observation list of the circuit's slowest 10 percent in an effort to keep everyone moving at the same pace, and not necessarily rounds that are dramatically shorter. "We're going to put a lot of energy into this and really try and work with everyone".

Dennis stated that each timing of strokes might perchance well most most likely be achieved by on-route guidelines officers.

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