In the Shot Clock Masters, scheduled in Vienna from 7 to 10 June 2018, each player will have a time limit for each shot.
A reduction of 45 minutes per lap is foreseen An increasingly dynamic and innovative golf with the stopwatch for each shot. This is the path that has decided to embark on Keith Pelley, Managing Director of the European Tour, to make this sport even more spectacular and closer to television needs. On the occasion of the Shot Clock Masters tournament of the European Tour scheduled at the Diamond Country Club, just outside Vienna, from 7 to 10 June 2018 each player will have a time limit within which to hit the ball. The goal is to reduce the duration of each round by approximately 45 minutes. In detail, the first component of each group will have 50 seconds to hit, the next will have 40 seconds each. In addition, all participants will have two lap times-out that will double the expected times. Anyone who does not respect the expected timing in hitting the ball will suffer a penalty. The experiment has already been done this year, but only on a single hole in the Golf Sixes tournament, played last May in England with the victory of the Danish team formed by Thorbjørn Olesen and Lucas Bjerregaard.
For Keith Pelley, the Shot Clock Masters will represent “a fascinating enrichment for the 2018 competition calendar, further evidence of our desire to embrace innovation”.
Austrian champion Bernd Wiesberger is in favor of technical innovation: “With this change, there will be much more attention from international sports media during the tournament. The new Shot Clock format is an ideal way to focus on the pace of play. Golf should definitely be faster and so this is a step in the right direction for both on-site and TV-based viewers. With this innovation we will make history “.