Slow play in golf: European Tour announces new measures to speed up play

Slow play in golf: European Tour announces new measures to speed up play

Penalty strokes are more likely to be imposed on slow players after the announcement of new measures to speed up European Tour golf.

With slow play one of the hottest topics in the game, the Tour will impose the strongest protocols in the professional game from next season. They are designed to ensure rounds at their tournaments take less time to complete.

A four-point plan has been announced which includes giving players an immediate one-stroke penalty if they incur two bad times in a round. There will also be increased fines for golfers who consistently fall behind schedule.

The tour is also planning technological innovations to ensure players are more aware when they are playing too slowly and some tournaments will have reduced field sizes to prevent course logjams.

The plans were approved by the European Tour's tournament committee last month and are not a specific reaction to recent controversies surrounding the American Bryson DeChambeau.

The US Ryder Cup star was timed taking more than two minutes to miss an eight-foot putt at the recent Northern Trust Open on the PGA Tour, prompting criticism from several rival players.

"We are already at the forefront of pace of play management in the professional game," said the European Tour's chief executive Keith Pelley.

"But after being mandated by our tournament committee to be even firmer in dealing with this issue, the time was right to take these additional steps. 

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