The PGA Tour has unveiled its new pace-of-play policy, which is created to speed up the slowest players on the United States-based professional men's golf tour.
And while the European Tour's new policy begins this week in Abu Dhabi, the PGA Tour will see theirs go into effect at the RBC Heritage in mid-April, the week following the Masters. "Now we are changing that to a tournament, so a second bad time in a tournament would result in a penalty stroke".
"We felt we needed to ratchet up the deterrence", PGA Tour Chief of Operations Tyler Dennis said.
"It's seen as bad etiquette, it's seen as a distraction, and we're targeting those individual moments to help their fellow competitors and assist our media partners with presentation".More news: NHL All-Star Weekend to feature women’s 3-on-3 event
Mickelson can make an impression on United States captain Steve Stricker this week but he isn't seeking a captain's selection.
With the early part of the week about Mickelson's hosting duties, he had to take last week to work on a game that he believes can still win on the PGA Tour, even as he stares down his 50th birthday in June. "We are not children that need to be told five or six times what to do". "It's just very hard to walk some of these golf courses in the time we're meant to, this time-par thing always frustrates the players a little bit". We're just looking for 10 minutes here or 15 minutes there, ideally that is what we're looking for. Some players are not too anxious, Bryson Dechambeau took over two minutes on a putt last season but welcomed the rules.
"And that's basically all it is, from our point of view. It should be a fairly simple thing to fix so hopefully this fixes it". While players have to get to their ball in a maximum of 40 - 50 seconds again depending on the position in the playing group.
The PGA says it will not hesitate in putting deliberate players on a secret watch list as it formulates a new plan for dealing with slow play in 2020 that includes a significant increase to fines. 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.More news: Google users can shop while they mobile search
The amount of time allowed per shot has been reduced dramatically, depending on the order of play in the group.
PGA Tour players guilty of slow play will face tougher fines and more frequent stroke penalties under tough new rules due to take effect from the RBC Heritage in SC in April, tour officials said on Tuesday.
Bryson DeChambeau, who was widely criticized for his slow play when he took more than two minutes to take an eight-foot putt at the Northern Trust a year ago, welcomed the initiative. Officials will now assess a one-stroke penalty for the second bad time in a tournament, not a round, and for every bad time thereafter in the same tournament.
While the previous penalty for a shot-time violation was $5,000 USA, new penalties could be raised to as much as $50,000.More news: Trailer for the last episodes of "BoJack Horseman": Season 6, Part 2