Oscar Lengden, Sweden, leads he first round of the Shot Clock Masters, where the competitors are on the clock for every shot. I personally can not see the likes of Tiger Woods entering an event like this. This is the first tournament of its kind sanctioned by the European Tour, it is supposed to make it more exciting for TV viewers, and to combat slow play, sounds more like a circus to me.
Oscar carded a first round -6 under par 66 in the first round to lead the Shot Clock Masters at Diamond Country Club in Austria;
“It was great, it was fun to be out there again, I know my swing pretty well now and coming from a good week last week in Switzerland as well it was just fun playing today.”
“The key is that I know where my ball is going. Overall I feel in control of my swing so that’s probably the key at the moment.”
“If I just keep my mind in the right state I think it will be a great week.”
“On the tenth, I actually took a lot of time, I think I had four seconds left or something, but I think this kind of system fits me well.”
“I’m a quick player, I like playing quick, I dislike waiting. For me it feels great out there.”
The players have a 50-second allowance for a first to play approach shot (including a par three tee-shot), chip or putt and a 40-second allowance for a tee-shot on a par four or par five, or second or third to play an approach shot, chip or putt, over the 72 holes of the tournament. No one today was penalized for taking too long to play a stroke. Failure to make your shot in the allotted time leads to a one-shot penalty on the hole being played at that time.
Tied in second place at -5 under par are Peter Hanson, Sweden, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Spain and Tapio Pulkkanen, Finland.