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Keith Pelley lavishes praise on Shot Clock Masters trial

Pelley lavishes praise on Shot Clock
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PGA European Tour CEO Keith Pelley praises the introduction of timed shots at the Shot Clock Masters in Austria at the weekend.

PGA European Tour owner Keith Pelley has lavished praise on the adjustments to the Austrian Open this weekend.

Finland's Mikko Korhonen won his first European Tour title at the Shot Clock Masters as a time limit for each shot played was introduced for the first time.

The tournament at the Diamond Country Club gave players 50 seconds to take their shot if they were up first, or 40 seconds for tee shots on all holes except par-threes and imposed penalties on those who did not stick to the restrictions.

"We've seen this week that this (Shot Clock) can definitely improve the game," Pelley told Sky Sports News.

"It also shows that if the players get into the right mindset, then they can play quicker. I think it makes it better viewer experience for those watching on television, a better customer experience at the tournaments and the golfers love it as well. I think it has been something that worked. The response that we've had socially and from the players themselves has been overwhelming.

"Now we're going to digest everything that happens, we're not going to rush in to making a decision that is detrimental to anything that we're doing on the tour or in global golf. When you catapult ahead 10 years, we'll be saying how archaic what we did in 2018 was. I think we've done a terrific job this week."

The tournament was the first in professional golf to time each shot from every player on the field.

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