Yes, it is true. The European Tour in an effort to speed up play, held the Shot Clock Masters in Austria. The winner was Mikko Korhonen by 6 strokes. But more importantly for the game, the play was about 4 hours, 10 minutes per group over the weekend. That’s a lot better than the 5 1/2 hours average last week at the Memorial.
There is a time limit on each shot and differs by what shot and on which hole (par 3, 4, or 5). It is almost amazing that for the 72 hole event, only 4 penalties were handed out for missing the time allocation (two at 1 second over, 1 at 2 seconds and 1 at 4 seconds. It was very creative and it worked. Pay attention PGA and LPGA pros. Slow play is not good for the game and the audience.
Dustin Johnson pulled away from Andrew Putnam on Sunday to win by 6 strokes at the FEDEX St Jude Classic. He posted a -19 for his tune up going into this week’s US Open. With the win, he returned to #1 in the OWGR as Justin Thomas’ 4 week hold ended.
The LPGA played at the Shop-Rite Classic in NJ and saw another first time winner – Annie Park – take the title with a 63 on Sunday to win by 1.
The Lady Amateurs played the Curtis Cup and the US put a whipping on the Great Britain and Ireland team 17-3 for the largest victory in the 40 year history of the event.