Shot Clock Masters 2018: Latest course and form stats for this week's event in Austria

Mikko Korhonen: The 37-year-old Finn tied-for-second at Diamond Country Club last year
Mikko Korhonen will have less time than normal to enjoy the lush Austrian scenery this week ...
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"The aim of this event is to try and speed up tournament golf, although whether these rules will have the desired response from spectators and TV viewers alike, remain to be seen."

The European Tour unveils yet another new invention this week, with the inaugural Shot Clock Masters in Austria.

Following in the footsteps of the Perth Super Six and Belgian Knockout tournaments, the Tour takes another step into the unknown with a brand new largely untested format.

As the title of the tournament suggests, all competitors will be subject to the rule of the clock, when given a maximum time frame in which to play their shots.

Any golfer who fails to play a stroke within the allotted period will receive a penalty.

According to the European Tour's website: 'The Shot Clock Masters will be the first tournament in professional golf to use a shot clock on every shot.

'Each player in the 120-man field will have 50 seconds for the first player in a group to play any given shot, 40 seconds for subsequent players.

'Players will incur a one-shot penalty for each bad time incurred and these will be shown as a red card against their name on the leaderboard.

'Each player will have the right to call two 'time-outs' during a round which will permit them twice the usually allotted time to play the shot.

'It is hoped the move will cut round times by around 45 minutes.'

And these rules will be active for all 72 holes.

Brave New World

What is unknown is how these brave guinea pigs, walking the lush fairways of Austria this week, will cope with the added pressure.

It will be interesting to see how many penalty strokes will be slapped on competitors over four days and whether it improves golf's presentation and appeal - or conversely make the sport too error-strewn and sloppy?

The aim of this event is to try and speed up tournament golf, although whether these rules will have the desired response from spectators and TV viewers alike, remain to be seen.

In a bid to win over new young fans, will the organisers end up simply alienating the older and ultimately more long-term followers of the sport?

The only constant this week will be the course, Diamond Country Club, situated around 40 miles north-west of the Austrian capital, and which is staging a Tour event for the ninth time.

Located in Atzenbrugg, this flat parkland course opened in 2000 and now has water coming into play on as many as 13 holes.

Low Quality Field

Unfortunately, partly due to the presence of next week's US Open in New York, the Shot Clock Masters has not attracted a strong field.

The number of golfers inside the world's top 180 teeing-up, does not even reach double figures - that's how mediocre it is.

Good Course Form

Among those who have enjoyed decent performances at Diamond Country Club in the past are Mikko Korhonen, Ashun Wu, Richard McEvoy and Gregory Bourdy.

World No 200 Korhonen has shown plenty of promise in recent years but remains without a victory - on either the European or Challenge tours.

The 37-year-old Finn was runner-up at Diamond last year, one of his four top-25 finishes at the venue.

He also tied-15th at Wentworth two weeks ago, which was a pretty good return in a high-quality field.

Senior Promise

You may also be interested in Miguel Angel Jimenez who plays much of his golf on the senior tours.

From time to time, the 54-year-old Spaniard travels back to the European Tour and last week in Italy tied-14th thanks to a closing 63.

His most recent four events on the European Tour - covering a seventh month period - have all yielded top-20 finishes. So I don't think you can rule him out this week.

Current Form

On current form, Joachim B Hansen and Oscar Lengden have played well in recent Challenge Tour events, while Lee Slattery - third in Italy on Sunday - has posted a brace of top-10s at Diamond.

One other name to conjure with is Italian Lorenzo Gagli who tied-14th on home soil over the weekend.

In addition to some consistent European Tour performances in recent weeks, he has also finished first and second on the Challenge Tour this year.

But the big question this week is whether the members of the European Tour will lovingly embrace a radical new way to stage professional golf, or whether it will simply be a case of Goodnight Vienna. Sorry about that.

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

Position

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Player W22 W21 W20 W19 W18 W17 W16 W15 W14 W13 W12 W11
Dean Burmester 30 12 3 MC Dq 71 3
Wade Ormsby 71 MC MC 52
Erik Van Rooyen 42 20 46 MC 7 21
Dave Horsey MC MC MC 36 MC
Nicolas Colsaerts MC MC 7 MC MC 28
Soren Kjeldsen 42 MC 17 Wd MC MC
Mikko Korhonen MC 15 26 41 MC
Ajeetesh Sandhu MC 5 MC 10
Joachim B Hansen 37 7 12 9 Won 2 MC
Phachara Khongwatmai MC MC MC 12 56 66 MC
Daisuke Kataoka 38 27 16 MC MC MC MC
Oscar Lengden 4 31 35 1 9 31 18
Tapio Pulkkanen MC MC 63 56 36 21
Shiv Kapur 29 66 53
Dimitrios Papadatos 20 31 17 1
Paul Waring MC 52 11 9 63
Jin Ho Choi MC MC 31 20 7 MC 58
Adam Bland 23 MC 28 MC MC MC
Miguel Tabuena 55 37 14
Austin Connelly 51 MC MC 11 MC 13 63
Ryan Evans 60 MC 59 11 46 MC
Lorenzo Gagli 14 20 20 2 36 MC 1
Nino Bertasio MC 60 70 32 59 34
Pedro Oriol MC MC 46 MC 29 39
Ashun Wu 60 64 MC 7 29 34
Andrea Pavan MC 52 MC 9 11 3 21
Lee Slattery 3 MC 58 MC 32 MC
Matthias Schwab 42 10 28 20 MC 28 8
Chase Koepka MC MC MC 34 MC MC
Sebastian Heisele MC MC MC 4 MC MC 44
Matthew Millar 31 MC 58
Marcus Fraser MC MC 34 MC 32 22 46
Jbe Kruger MC 41 75 Wd 49 5
Oliver Farr MC MC 25 26 MC MC
Mink Yu Kim 57 1 MC 35 48 61 MC MC
Jose-Filipe Lima 10 8 2 MC MC 63
Grant Forrest MC 7 2 MC MC MC 31 38
Nick Cullen 34 26 MC 25
Jeff Winther MC MC 17 14 MC 34
Liam Johnston MC 1 MC 17 25 22
Gregory Bourdy MC MC 74 MC 62 46
Trevor Fisher MC 63 20 67 8 7
Bradley Dredge 23 MC MC MC 13 52
Richard McEvoy 15 MC 34 MC
Tom Lewis MC 59 14 9 MC MC
Florian Fritsch 16 MC 63 MC
Jason Norris MC MC MC 27 Wd 58
Marcus Armitage MC MC 41 42 2 58
Nicholas Fung MC 64 MC 14 19
Peter Hanson MC* MC MC MC
Justin Walters 22 34 MC 66 9
Charlie Ford 23 MC MC MC MC 63
Gavin Moynihan Wd MC MC MC MC MC
Tano Goya 46 MC 15 57 MC Wd
Johan Carlsson MC MC MC MC
Miguel Angel Jimenez 14
Scott Fernandez MC 43 26 34 MC MC
Ashley Chesters MC MC MC 20 MC MC
Bernd Ritthammer 11 MC 55 MC 38 27 44
Daan Huizing 41 MC 35 MC 12 28
Carlos Pigem MC MC 20 MC MC MC
Nico Geyger MC 20 MC 23 4 MC MC 3
Felipe Aguilar MC 59 MC 65 17 MC 28 53
Christiaan Bezuidenhout MC 26 26 46 22 28 MC
Siddikur Rahman 43 26 6 MC
Zander Lombard MC MC MC 34 MC MC
Henric Sturehed Wd 52 5 MC
Ben Evans MC MC MC MC MC 14
Jarand Ekeland Arnoy MC MC MC MC 61 MC MC
Kim Koivu 20 MC 13 MC 17 1 14
Daniel Brooks 73 67 MC 48 MC 66 MC
Johan Edfors MC
Bradley Neil MC 58 MC MC MC MC 58
Francesco Laporta MC MC 7 MC 9 27 MC
Mikael Lundberg 35 MC 62 MC MC MC
Laurie Canter 36 31 26 29 MC 8
Daniel Im MC* MC MC 48 MC MC MC
Ross McGowan 51 46 MC MC 2 MC MC 14
Kalle Samooja 11 38 58 MC MC 16 3
Pep Angles MC MC 14 48 MC 46
Lukas Nemecz 27 14 15 61 MC
Christopher Mivis 40 41 MC 23 MC 59 MC
Mark Tullo MC 20
Matthew Baldwin MC 9 55 MC 52 28
Oscar Stark MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Sebastien Gros MC 27 MC 48 MC 12
Mark Foster MC MC MC MC MC
Christofer Blomstrand 4 MC MC MC MC 60
Arnond Vongvanij 63 14 55 MC
Steve Webster 14 26 26
Matt Ford MC 54 MC 15 32 7 44
Duncan Stewart 33 46 MC MC 53 36 38
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC MC 41 MC
Pontus Widegren MC MC Dq 41 MC
Jonathan Thomson MC MC MC 66 39 MC
Rak Hyun Cho MC 64 41 MC MC MC 12
Kristian Krogh Johannessen 2 34 MC MC 24 14
Connor Syme MC MC MC 74 MC MC
Anders Hansen 46
Richard Green MC
Josh Geary 51 10 MC 26 46 MC
David Howell 42 MC MC 36 39
Marcel Schneider 1 25 46 MC MC 66 58 MC
Sepp Straka 27 42 56 MC 36 MC 62 MC
Jack Munro MC MC MC MC MC 43 28
Gary Stal 20 MC MC 15 32 MC 18
Eirik Tage Johansen 40 19 48 42 25
Matthew Nixon 16 MC 48 26 46 MC 44
Ruaidhri McGee 4 17 MC 23 MC MC
Simon Khan 26 38 42
Bernard Neumayer 70 42
Kristoffer Reitan
Maarten Lafeber MC MC MC MC MC
Markus Brier
Petr Dedek MC MC
Petr Gal MC MC MC
Jeppe Pape Huldahl 3 MC MC 23 38 18 MC
Berni Reiter 8
Oscar Serna MC MC MC MC MC MC
Ben Stow MC 55 41 MC 53 56 MC
Maximilian Steinlechner 12
Tom McKibbin
Player 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Dean Burmester 38
Wade Ormsby 33 MC
Erik Van Rooyen
Dave Horsey 2 31 38 9 MC MC
Nicolas Colsaerts 66 MC
Soren Kjeldsen MC MC
Mikko Korhonen 2 9 24 45 19
Ajeetesh Sandhu
Joachim B Hansen MC 55 47
Phachara Khongwatmai 28
Daisuke Kataoka
Oscar Lengden
Tapio Pulkkanen
Shiv Kapur MC 10 MC 65
Dimitrios Papadatos MC
Paul Waring 52 5 60
Jin Ho Choi
Adam Bland
Miguel Tabuena 47
Austin Connelly 20
Ryan Evans 38 MC 32
Lorenzo Gagli MC 10 MC
Nino Bertasio 10 19
Pedro Oriol 51 11 MC
Ashun Wu 10 1
Andrea Pavan MC 58
Lee Slattery MC 42 32 4 9 54
Matthias Schwab 43 14 MC 45 32
Chase Koepka
Sebastian Heisele MC
Matthew Millar 26
Marcus Fraser
Jbe Kruger 2 42 MC MC MC
Oliver Farr MC
Mink Yu Kim
Jose-Filipe Lima MC MC MC
Grant Forrest
Nick Cullen 10
Jeff Winther MC MC
Liam Johnston
Gregory Bourdy 6 6 8 18
Trevor Fisher 52 63
Bradley Dredge 55 43 MC
Richard McEvoy 5 3 38 47 MC
Tom Lewis MC 26 30 10
Florian Fritsch 28 51 45 17 MC MC
Jason Norris
Marcus Armitage 47
Nicholas Fung
Peter Hanson
Justin Walters MC 45 MC
Charlie Ford 65
Gavin Moynihan
Tano Goya 66 32 Ret
Johan Carlsson 6 38 32 MC
Miguel Angel Jimenez MC 5 19 14 15
Scott Fernandez
Ashley Chesters 28
Bernd Ritthammer MC MC
Daan Huizing
Carlos Pigem 28 26 52
Nico Geyger MC
Felipe Aguilar 10 18
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
Siddikur Rahman
Zander Lombard 43 5
Henric Sturehed
Ben Evans MC 63 MC
Jarand Ekeland Arnoy
Kim Koivu
Daniel Brooks MC 55 MC MC
Johan Edfors MC MC MC Wd MC
Bradley Neil
Francesco Laporta MC
Mikael Lundberg 31 22 1 60 30 Ret
Laurie Canter 57 MC
Daniel Im 34 51 70 7 MC
Ross McGowan Wd 48 40
Kalle Samooja
Pep Angles
Lukas Nemecz MC 38 73 42 43 49 MC MC
Christopher Mivis
Mark Tullo MC MC 36
Matthew Baldwin 23 MC 12 25
Oscar Stark 38
Sebastien Gros MC
Mark Foster 47 19 MC
Christofer Blomstrand
Arnond Vongvanij
Steve Webster 63 19 Ret 25 26 30
Matt Ford MC 59 MC
Duncan Stewart 34 MC
Raphael Jacquelin 9
Pontus Widegren MC
Jonathan Thomson
Rak Hyun Cho
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
Connor Syme
Anders Hansen 32
Richard Green MC MC 11
Josh Geary
David Howell 31
Marcel Schneider 38 MC
Sepp Straka 7 MC MC MC
Jack Munro
Gary Stal 28 6 9 25 52
Eirik Tage Johansen MC MC
Matthew Nixon MC 22 48 52 MC
Ruaidhri McGee 25
Simon Khan 52 MC 22
Bernard Neumayer MC
Kristoffer Reitan
Maarten Lafeber MC Ret MC
Markus Brier MC MC MC MC 45
Petr Dedek MC MC MC
Petr Gal MC MC MC MC MC Ret
Jeppe Pape Huldahl 45 MC
Berni Reiter MC MC MC
Oscar Serna
Ben Stow
Maximilian Steinlechner MC
Tom McKibbin
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