Shot clocks, music and fewer clubs - PGA European Tour CEO proposes short-form game


Plans are being made to pilot a short-form version of golf, with gimmicks including the playing of music and the introduction of shot-clocks.

PGA European Tour CEO Keith Pelley has spoken about the proposals, as he attempts to create a product with a similar impact to cricket's Twenty20.

Pelley hopes to make progress with his plans next year, with a view to them becoming a reality in 2018.

"Yes there'd be a shot clock. Yes there'd be music being played and PA announcers and players would probably be dressed a little bit differently," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"And maybe they'd only play with five or seven clubs and based on the fact that we play in so many different countries and our leaderboard is always filled with a bunch of different flags it would probably be a country competition.

"So you could see England playing Scotland in a six-hole matchplay with time clocks and music and so forth going on.

"And it would be kind of an aspirational goal to be able to be even as remotely as successful as Twenty20 cricket.

"But if you're not prepared to change and you're not prepared to be innovative, if you're not prepared to actually take chances, then I do believe that the sports that aren't will fall behind.

"You'd love to launch it yesterday, we're in discussion with a number of different partners. We'd like to experiment with some of them as early as 2017 and maybe roll it out in 2018."