European Tour takes on slow play with GPS

19 Sep 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

The European Tour is looking to use existing GPS technology to combat the ongoing issue of slow play.

A tracking device will be placed in one bag in each group at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth to allow officials to monitor each group’s position on the course. 

Players will also be able to see tracking on screens on each teebox, allowing them to see the relative positions of the groups around them. If a group is out of position, the players will be informed on the screens with a plus mark and a red number.

The time taken to get through a round of golf has been under scrutiny in recent weeks with slow play having been highlighted by a number of frustrated players and fans alike.