Saturday 24 August 2019

PGA Tour reviews slow play policy

 

Bryson DeChambeau was shown taking two minutes and 20 seconds to hit an eight-foot putt on Friday. Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images
Bryson DeChambeau was shown taking two minutes and 20 seconds to hit an eight-foot putt on Friday. Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Brian Keogh

The PGA Tour has announced plans to review its pace-of-play policy after last weekend's slow play controversy at The Northern Trust.

The powers at Ponte Vedra Beach are considering using its Shotlink technology to find ways to fine or penalise players even if their group is not out of position.

Concerns are growing about slow play and pre-shot routines after Bryson DeChambeau was shown taking two minutes and 20 seconds to hit an eight-foot putt on Friday.

"We are currently in the process of reviewing this aspect of pace of play and asking ourselves, 'Is there a better way to do it?'," said Tyler Dennis, the PGA Tour's chief of operations.

"We think technology definitely plays a key role in all of this and we are thinking about new and innovative ways to use it to address these situations."

Leona Maguire is in action in this week's ISPS Handa World Invitational at Massereene and Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort. In a first for European golf, men and women professionals will compete at the same venue for an equal share of a $500,000 prize fund.

Elsewhere, James Sugrue battled his way to a level-par 70 as he bids to become the first player for 52 years to win the Amateur Championship and the US Amateur in the same season. Conor Purcell needs a low round at the No 4 course today after a six-over 76 on the No 2 course. Caolan Rafferty was one of the later starters.

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