Sports Report: PGA Tour to focus on slowest players to improve pace of play
Reed: Being selected by captain Woods would 'mean the world to me'
Patrick Reed would love to be selected by Tiger Woods with one of his four captain's picks to complete the United States' Presidents Cup team. "It would mean the world to me," Reed said before teeing off at the Turkish Airlines Open. "Any time I get to wear red, white, and blue to represent our country means a lot." Inconsistent play during the 2018-19 season from "Captain American," who boasts an 11-6-4 record in both Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup play, put him 12th for qualifying points and in need of a selection from Tiger.
The PGA Tour will move away from its group-based system and focus on individual players in a revised pace-of-play policy, according to. The new policy will be implemented after the 2020 Masters.
The shift in philosophy will result in a list of players who repeatedly average more than 45 seconds to hit a shot. Rules officials will be more likely to time these players and penalize them for a second bad time during a round.
"We're not trying to blacklist anyone," an anonymous player told Shedloski. "But it's going to be much more fair to the majority of the players."
Tiger selects himself with 1 of 4 Presidents Cup captain's picks
Tiger Woods named himself, Gary Woodland, Patrick Reed, and Tony Finau as his four captain's picks to join the United States Presidents Cup team headed to Australia. Woods will become the second playing captain in Presidents Cup history. He proved his health and form by claiming PGA Tour title No. 82 at the Zozo Championship in October. This will be the ninth Presidents Cup appearance for Tiger.Woodland is set to represent the USA for the first time in his career. The 16th ranked player in the world won the 2019 U.S. Open to boost his stock. Since 1996, no American who won the U.S.
Currently, groups as a whole are put on the clock, regardless of how quickly certain players within the group are playing.
"It's more for the betterment of everyone playing. You see your pairings and think, 'Oh, God, I'm with that guy,'" another player told Shedloski. "We all know who the slower players are. They're trying to move away from that group-based timing system because, say you are paired with the same guy four times through the year, and you get put on the clock four times, and your total is five times for the year. How is that fair?"
The PGA Tour has gathered data on more than 10 million shots hit. The data indicates that 90% of players hit their shots in under 40 seconds.
The topic of slow play was a focal point during the 2018-19 season, withthe face of the issue. and repeatedly voiced their concerns about pace of play throughout the season.
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