The European Tour will implement new sanctions on slow play, include a one-shot penalty for two bad times in a tournament and increasing slow play fines significantly.
The original plan launched last August was to penalise for two instances per round, but this has been eased to a pair of offences in a tournament. Some players are not too worried, Bryson Dechambeau took over two minutes on a putt last season but welcomed the rules.
A pumped-up Bryson isn’t worried about slowing anyone up now that he’s bombing the ball 😲 pic.twitter.com/cNuu8uXm9n
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''Changing the regulation for an immediate one-shot penalty to now be triggered by two bad times in a tournament instead of a round will force slower players to consistently ensure they play within timing regulations,'' said John Paramor, the European Tour chief referee.
''This is part of our wider, robust policy to tackle slow play but our fundamental advice to all players remains consistent – they should be ready to play when it is their turn.''
Golf fans will hope the measures are reciprocated globally, but currently, the PGA Tour has not implemented such robust measures.