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Shot Clock Masters introduces exciting new format to European Tour, live on Sky Sports

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Looking ahead to the inaugural Shot Clock Masters in Austria, where European Tour stars will pay the penalty for taking longer than 40 seconds over a shot.

The Shot Clock Masters will be the first tournament in golf to use a shot clock on every shot as the European Tour, and it's live on Sky Sports Golf.

The competition at the Diamond Country Club in Austria, from Thursday, June 7 to Sunday, June 10, will showcase a European Tour event played at a quicker pace.


There will be a 120-man field in Austria and the first player in every group will have 50 seconds to play any given shot, from there each subsequent player will have 40 seconds to play.

Players will be hit with a one-shot penalty each time they take longer than their allotted time for the shot, and those penalties will be indicated by a red card against their name on the leaderboard.

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Each player will also be allowed two 'time-outs' per round, which will give them twice the time to play their shot.

It is hoped that the new format will cut round times by approximately 45 minutes.


Keith Pelley, chief executive of the European Tour, said: "The 2018 Shot Clock Masters will be a fascinating addition to our schedule. Not only will it help us combat slow play and reduce round times, it is also further evidence of our desire to embrace innovation."

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While Austrian player Bernd Wiesberger said: "With this change, there will be much more attention from the international sports media during the tournament.

"The new Shot Clock format is an ideal way to focus on the issue of pace of play. The game of golf should definitely be faster and therefore this is a step in the right direction."

Watch the Shot Clock Masters on Sky Sports Golf every day from 9.30am from Thursday June 7.

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