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PGA Tour to Institute 60-Second Pace of Play Rules, Track Worst Offenders

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The PGA Tour has announced a new pace-of-play rule designed to punish the worst offenders, introducing an Observation List with warnings for players who exceed a shot time of 60 seconds.

Per ESPN's Bob Harig, the new rules will go into effect at the RBC Heritage in April. Players will be placed on the list after a first warning, and a one-stroke penalty will be levied after the second. Fines will be increased "substantially."

Crucially, the list will not be made public and only the offenders will be notified.

US player Bryson DeChambeau (R) plays out of the bunker to the 17th hole on the last day of the Presidents Cup golf tournament in Melbourne on December 15, 2019. (Photo by SIMON BAKER / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL

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PGA Tour COO Tyler Dennis explained the thinking behind the change:

"What comes with this is we need to make sure there is a deterrence in place.