Shot clock in golf? Colin Montgomerie is for it
The topic of slow play has been much discussed lately. European Tour stalwart Colin Montgomerie has an idea how to stop it once and for all – a shot clock.
Monty, who's now playing the Champions Tour, is one of the faster players in the game. He'd like to see every player timed from first tee box to 18th green, and that one-stroke penalties be applied whether players are famous or not. His reference is to the fact that two young Asian players have been penalized for slow play in majors this year, but no big-name tour player ever has.
"What I would love to see … would be for one of the top players to have that shot penalty and then it would really resonate throughout the rest of the field," he said at the Senior British Open at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England.
"Why do you have to wait to be slow before you are put on the clock?,'' he asked. ''There should be an allotted time to play the game, like chess where you have a certain time to play.
"It has been mentioned about a shot clock and that is interesting,'' he added. "There are 52 referees out there at major championships and they should all have a clock, should be able to put them on the clock on the first tee to ensure they all get around in time."
Montgomerie calls slow play ''the biggest bugbear" in golf.
"If the first two groups take five or more hours to go round, then the day is gone, you can't make it up,'' he said. "But if that first group takes four hours and five minutes then you have a chance.''