Published On: Sat, Jun 9th, 2018

Prader becomes first golfer to fall foul of new time rules

(Reuters) – Clemens Prader claimed a place in European Tour history by becoming the first golfer to be penalized a stroke for slow play at the Shot Clock Masters in Austria on Saturday.

The home favorite fell foul of the rules on the sixth hole when he took four seconds over his allotted time for a putt on day three of the event at Diamond Country Club.

At the tournament players are being timed on every shot, allowed either 40 or 50 seconds, in an experiment to try to speed up play.

“I just didn’t hear him, I didn’t hear ‘time’,” said Prader. “I was just in my routine and it must have been called sometime when I was walking to my ball, which is fine, I just didn’t hear it. It was just four seconds over, which is a little unfortunate.

“I was a little angry. It got me so heated that I actually holed a bunker shot on the next hole, which was okay, it kind of reversed it.”

Scotland’s Grant Forrest also incurred a penalty when he took three seconds over the regulation 40 for an approach shot at the 15th.

It is the first time players are being timed on every shot at a major tour tournament in an effort to speed up play.

Reporting by Neil Robinson, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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