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Tiger Woods’ ambitious league has six confirmed teams and is progressing forward at a great pace. The league has recently announced a shocking announcement regarding a much-debated aspect of golf. The rules are likely to come across as a welcoming change in the golfing world. 

Slow play has been a buzzkill for golf fans in a lot of instances. It has caused delays in the schedules ruining the players’ momentum as well. In fact, the BMW-PGA championship earlier this year suffered major criticism for the Slow play drawback. TGL seems to have a solution for this irking issue. 

TGL’s answer to the slow play problem

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On Monday, TGL announced its shot-clock concept. The league made it public that it will follow a shot-clock system, wherein players will have to finish their shot within the allotted time. The time per shot will be 40 seconds.

The league will have referees managing the clock, and the delayed shots will incur a shot-clock violation. The violation would result in a penalty stroke added to the score. However, there is one way to avoid this penalty when the shot gets delayed. 

The rules allow four timeouts per team which can be used to skip the penalty. The player or a team member can call it out to the referee. And the shot clock will be reset with forty seconds to go. Timeouts have to be called before the clock runs out, though.

There are some restrictions on how these timeouts can be used. A team can only use two timeouts per session and four per match. The two timeouts in a session can’t be called back-to-back. A shot has to be played before calling the next timeout. Besides this, the unused timeouts can’t be carried forward either. They will lapse. Slow play has been discussed with frustration by several golfers in the past. Particularly this year, the Masters tournament and the BMW-PGA Championship brought up heated discussions on the matter.

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Slow play trends in golf this year 

The final round of Masters this year faced significant delay due to slow play. The group with Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm had to wait for the group in front of them. The said group had Patrick Cantlay and Viktor Hovland in it. Cantlay was accused of primarily causing the delay. 

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Koepka spoke about it and described the delay, by measuring it in the number of Rahm’s bathroom visits. Cantlay later justified his delay by stating the golf course, such as Augusta, requires time. A similar incident later happened at the BMW-PGA tournament, where players like Rory McIlroy were visibly frustrated as seen from pictures. Perhaps the shot-clock trend might pick up and spread for all we know, or not. But either way, it’s gonna be interesting to witness how this works out for the TGL.

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