Higher fines, more frequent stroke penalties and use of a ‘slow list’ headline changes Tour introduces to improve pace of play
Announced: By the PGA Tour, changes to its pace-of-play policy. The spotlight will be shifted onto individual players who slow the pace of play rather than groups being out of position. Among the highlights: fines will go up, stroke penalties could be used more frequently and players will be put on notice that they are on the “slow list,” the Tour disclosed. Two key areas of focus were highlighted: an “observation list” for players identified via ShotLink data as taking too long to play; and “excessive shot times” for players who take more than 120 seconds to play a shot, without an extenuating circumstance. Officials will assess a one-stroke penalty for a bad time in a tournament, not merely in an individual round. Fines for a second bad time in a tournament have been increased from $5,000 to $50,000. The changes will be implemented beginning with the RBC Heritage on April 16-19 at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, S.C. The Korn Ferry Tour, the top feeder circuit to the PGA Tour, will adopt the new policy at an undisclosed future date. Effective this year, the PGA Tour has reduced the number of players making the 36-hole cut for weekend play from 70 and ties to 65 and ties, in an effort to hasten pace of play.