PGA Tour Update: Will Jordan Spieth Suffer $20,000 Fine for His Infamous Slow Putting at the Sentry 2024?

Published 01/07/2024, 12:55 PM EST

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The 2024 calendar-opener event for the PGA Tour is at its final stage now. Chris Kirk sits at the top of the leaderboard after the third round of the tournament. However, chasing him into the fourth round are Akshay Bhatia, Xander Schauffele, Jordan Spieth, and Byeong Hun An. Other than keeping his eyes on the prize, Spieth has some problems to worry about too!

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The 30-year-old might have incurred a heavy fine from the PGA Tour. The reason for that stems from the recent gameplay changes made by PGAT and the contradiction in his play style with the announced changes.

Has Jordan Spieth received a fine from the PGA Tour?

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The American golfer is competing in The Sentry 2024, gunning for the trophy. He is currently in a joint third position with Xander Schauffele and Byeong Hun An, with a score of under 19. However, during the third round, Spieth became a target of criticism.

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He spent a long time lining up a roll of no more than three feet for birdie on the par-5 15th at Kapalua Plantation Gold Course. This dilly-dallying to take a simple shot earned him the criticism of his peers and golf fans online. Kevin Kisner even launched a comment saying, “If I was going to help him, I’d tell him to speed it up on these and just knock it in. He knows how to make these.”

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However, the bigger question is: did this slow game earn Jordan Spieth a $20,000 fine? And the answer is, No! He escaped getting fined for this event. However, the 30-year-old might be looking to change his play style, as the PGA Tour has updated the pace-of-play policy for 2024.

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What is the new pace-of-play policy for PGA Tour events?

With slow play becoming a burning topic in the golf world, the PGAT decided to step in and update the policies. For that, the Player Advisory Council (PAC) has instituted an Average Stroke Time infraction. In this infraction, a player’s average stroke time will be compared to the field average at the end of a tournament. The players will be wishing their average stroke time was seven seconds or more above the field.

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Because if this occurs, it will lead to an average stroke time penalty. Accumulating 10 of those will lead to a whopping $20,000 fine! After that, subsequent penalties will carry a $5000 and $10,000 fine, in case of 11-14 infractions and 15 or more violations respectively. It looks like Jordan Spieth has received his first warning to not do it again. In the meantime, he is still in contention to win the Sentry. Do you think he will be able to secure the top spot? Let us know in the comments section below.

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