European Tour - 2018 Shot Clock Masters Preview
Posted on June 05 2018
The European Tour is testing out a new format for a golf tournament this week in Austria at the inaugural Shot Clock Masters. Although the tournament in Vienna, Austria has been played since 1990, this will be the first year with the new format: each player will have 50 seconds if they are the first to play, with each additional player allowed 40 seconds. Two “time-outs” are given per round, where each player can have double the normal time allowed. Each infraction will incur a one-stroke penalty, placing a premium on time management and shot selection. Dylan Frittelli, who won last year’s event, is not defending his title, which means a new winner will be crowned. Notables in the field include European star Miguel Angel Jimenez three-time European Tour winner Marcus Fraser, two-time winner Nicolas Colsaerts, and former Austrian Open winner Mikael Lundberg.
Diamond CC has hosted this event since 2010. With the winning score last year being -12, it will be interesting to see if the scores are affected by this unique format.
Players to Watch
Lee Slattery: A 3rd place finish last week in the Italian Open was a big boost for Lee, who has had a hot and cold season thus far. If he can keep his momentum going, look for him to be near the top of the leaderboard come Sunday.
Miguel Angel Jimenez: Although he spends most of his time on the PGA Tour Champions in the United States, Jimenez is still a force on the European Tour. A top-15 last week in Italy shows he’s still capable of playing well in his fifties. An old-school player, the format should suit his game nicely.