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The Shot Clock Masters 2018 was held from 7th to 10th June 2018 at the Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg and made history this year! Click on the respective links and inform yourself about Austria’s only European Tour tournament in detail. If you have any questions, please send us a mail to am@golfopenevent.com!


It’s been very interesting. It’s very important that you are ready to play, if not it will catch you. That’s the good thing, you are not wasting any time. It would be nice to have some more time to talk a few more words to your caddie but it’s nice, it’s definitely a positive experience.

Miguel Ángel Jimenez

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.

Oscar Lengden

It’s so nice to play out here. The golf course is amazing and this format really brings it back to old golf, the way it was when I came out on Tour 20 years ago. We used to have a bit more of this pace. Everyone was ready to play. You don’t have to watch the clock, you just have to be ready to play when it’s your turn. You can’t walk around a putt on the green four times and look in two different books, you just have to be ready to play and just play golf.

Peter Hanson

I love it, I’ve always been a quick player. I couldn’t wait to get into the tournament, I was a reserve a few weeks ago and I was crossing my fingers to get in. I love quick golf and this is how it should be. Everyone is so positive about it and how it’s gone so far.

Steve Webster

Loving this shot clock deal on the @EuropeanTour. Amazing how fast rounds go when players play within the rules. And guys are still playing great golf. Shocking!! ….;-) 😉 😉 wish we had something like this on the @PGATOUR

Billy Horschel

At the European Tour we are always looking for innovative ways to grow the game of golf to a bigger audience. The Shot Clock Masters was certainly a success with players and fans enjoying the quicker format which did not detract from the quality of the golf.

Nick Tarratt (ET International)

Be there when the premiere of the Shot Clock Masters goes on stage at the Diamond Country Club. The “fight against the clock” promises tension from the first to the last shot. Here you will find all the information about the tickets!


Our versatile hospitality concept gives you the opportunity to spend a special day with your customers, business partners and employess in an exclusive ambience. As a VIP guest you will also benefit from privileged parking, separate access to the tournament grounds, excellent catering and personal care for you and your guests. Enjoy our VIP club with the best view of the 18th hole. Find out more about our hospitality packages here.


If you have always wanted to play golf with an European Tour Pro, then our Pro-Am is absolutely the right thing for you. During the Pro-Am you have the opportunity of a lifetime to receive valuable tips from the best of the best. Pro-Am participants are privileged to play the course of European Tour level on the day before the official start of the tournament. Here you can receive more informations.


If you want to present your company within the Shot Clock Masters, we would like to introduce you into our individual and flexible sponsoring packages. We would be glad to send you further information.



The Shot Clock Masters is the only European Tour Tournament in Austria. You want to report from the tournament in Atzenbrugg? Please register for the Shot Clock Masters 2018! Please fill out the form of accreditation and send it back to media@golfopenevent.com!


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What you should know about the Shot Clock Masters

In a nutshell: it is a clock which is counting down a certain period of time. To be more precise, it is a display as it is used already in other sports like basketball, water ball, tennis or billiard. It shows the remaining seconds until the end of the so-called “attack time”. In golfing the shot clock is intended to display a countdown before each shot.

In recent years the pace of play has been a big issue of discussion among players, spectators and tournament organizers – in particular, if players were taking their time – too much time – for their rounds. Thus the European Tour made it their business to make the game in the future faster and thus also more interesting and attractive.

For many years the organizers of the tournament have been reliable partners for the European Tour and have times and again shown their readiness and willingness to implement new ideas and innovations in the context of their tournament (e.g. “Beat the Pro” competition) with the necessary professionalism. Thus the organizers’ answer was prompt and clear when the European Tour issued the request to use the shot clock in the competition.

The tournament in Austria has already quite a tradition which will be maintained, the competition format stays the same. The competition will still use the stroke play scoring system over 18 holes and four days. What changes is the number of participants: a maximum of 120 players will tee-off in Atzenbrugg; the cut will include the best 65 plus ties.

Summarized in one sentence: The whole tournament becomes more technical and digital. Each flight will be accompanied by a referee with an e-cart on which a digital clock is mounted, visible for everybody. By means of a tablet computer the referee operates the clock/the display. Of course, the shot clock will also be visible during TV broadcasts.

Simply stated: the referees will move more to the foreground during the whole competition, their role becomes much more significant. There will be more referees on site than during previous tournaments, 24 to be precise. In the run-up to the Shot Clock Masters the selected referees will have a special clinic to prepare them for the event.

In general, the “40-seconds-rule” applies, i.e. the player has to carry out his shot within 40 seconds. In certain situations players will have 50 seconds: for each first shot onto the green. This includes the tee-off on a par 3, each second or third approach on a par 4 or par 5, or each first chip onto the green. Similarly, the player who is the first to putt on the green will have 50 seconds to prepare for his shot.

The referee and the referee alone – he decides when to push the button and when to start the countdown. He will announce the start of the countdown with: “The time starts”, so that players do not have to look at the display all the time.

Players will incur a one-shot penalty which will also be shown on the leaderboard.

Basically, the event form June 7 to 10 will write history and influence the future of golfing considerably. Should the shot clock prove to be a positive innovation, it could be used at every bigger tournament on the Tour. The history of sports has shown repeatedly that certain changes of rules in various sports were extremely successful – take for example the back-pass rule in soccer or the tie-break in tennis which nowadays nobody would consider to question.