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The Tour Report

April 12 2013

3:40 PM

Pace of play rules for TOUR, Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old amateur from China, was assessed a one-stroke penalty during Friday's second round of the Masters for violating Rule 6-7 of the Rules of Golf and the Tournament's pace of play policy (click here for more on Guan's penalty).

Under the guidelines for Rule 6-7, a player is permitted 40 seconds to play a stroke. This 40-second time limit includes the first to play from the teeing ground, from the fairway and from around and on the putting green.

Guan received a warning at the 13th hole and was penalized for exceeding the 40-second time limit -- "by a considerable margin" according to Masters competition committee chairman Fred Ridley -- forllowing his second shot on the 17th hole.

The PGA TOUR rules for pace of play includes the 40-second time limit, but also allows an extra 20 seconds (for a total of 60 seconds) under the following circumstances:
> The first player to play a stroke on a par-3 hole
> The first player to play a second stroke on a par-4 or par-5 hole
> The first player to play a third stroke on a par-5 hole
> The first player to play around the putting green
> The first player to play on a putting green

Under both sets of guidelines, the timing of a stroke on the putting green begins after a player has been allowed a reasonable amount of time to mark, lift, clean and replace his ball, repair his ball mark and other ball marks on his line of putt and remove loose impediments on his line of putt.


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