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Shot Clock Masters 2018

DATES: June 07-10
SITE: Diamond Country Club, Atzenbrugg, Austria
PRIZE MONEY: $1,000,000

Round 4 - Korhonen seals first win at Shot Clock Masters

June 10, 2018

Mikko Korhonen produced a brilliantly consistent display to speed away from the field and secure his first European Tour title at the Shot Clock Masters.

“It feels great, beautiful. It’s been a long wait so it feels so good. I didn’t dare to think about winning. When my last shot had landed on the 18th green, then I knew I had five or six putts of cushion."

Korhonen seals first win at Shot Clock Masters, © Getty Images

“Yes, I have thought that I might never be in this position. I’ve been up there a couple of times and couldn’t do it at those times, but now I’m so happy and relieved that I have done it. It’s not easy to win, especially not the first win, so I’m really happy to have done it. I have no words, it’s so good."

The Finn entered the final day with a five-shot advantage but his lead was cut to three in the early stages and he had to contend with two weather delays at Diamond Country Club near Vienna in Austria.

“I looked at the scores yesterday and that’s when I thought “oh, I didn’t make a bogie” but I didn’t think about making bogies or birdies, I just thought about the next shot.

“Maybe not every week but it’s nice to have one of these tournaments as a wake-up call for the slow players. I think it’s a good tournament to have.”

Korhonen is no stranger to adversity after his 12 visits to Qualifying School and he calmly signed for a round of 69 for a sixteen under par total and a six-shot victory over Scotland's Connor Syme.

The 37 year old, who won the Q-School Final Stage in 2014 and has maintained his place on Tour ever since, now has a victory at the 146th attempt thanks to a 62-hole bogey-free run that was only ended on the ninth hole today.

Syme holed a 50 foot putt on the last hole to take second place on his own at ten under par and claim his best European Tour finish after making just three of 12 cuts so far in his rookie season.

“I’ve loved it. It was a great trial by the European Tour and I think it was a success. It was a brilliant pace of play the whole way round. I think as well, from my perspective, being in contention, there are times when you might have backed off it if there was a little bit of doubt, but you know you can’t and it probably helps the player more than anything. I thoroughly enjoyed the format.”

Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts, Frenchman Raphaël Jacquelin, Justin Walters of South Africa and England's Steve Webster were one shot behind at nine under par.

The European Tour was breaking new ground this week with every player on the clock for every shot, and one-shot penalties imposed for bad times. While only four players ended the week with a one-shot penalty, average round times for rounds one to three shaved more than 30 minutes off the 2018 season average time for 18 holes in three balls, while the score average for the week was more than a shot better than the average for all previous editions of this event, formerly the Austrian Open, at Diamond Country Club since 2010.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-16
68
67
68
69
272
2
Connor Syme
SCO
-10
68
72
69
69
278
T3
Justin Walters
RSA
-9
68
68
72
71
279
T3
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-9
70
69
73
67
279
T3
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-9
71
69
70
69
279
T3
Steve Webster
ENG
-9
69
67
76
67
279

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Round 3 - Korhonen takes 5-shot lead into final day

June 09, 2018

Mikko Korhonen produced another flawless performance at Diamond Country Club to put himself firmly in control at the end of round three at the Shot Clock Masters.

Korhonen takes 5-shot lead into final day, © Getty Images

The Finn stayed bogey-free through 54 holes with a round of 68 that moved him to 13 under par and opened up a five-shot lead over South African Justin Walters, putting him in pole position to secure his first European Tour win in his 146th appearance after finishing in a tie for second place here last season.

“I guess I'm just hitting fairways, hitting greens, making a few putts. That's all really. I've felt good swinging and also putting. I have the pace pretty good on the greens."

“I have a game plan which I'm going to follow. I'm not going to say anything more about it. I've been doing that for the past three days and I'll keep doing it.

“I'm very excited, it's the first time I've been in this position so I’m looking forward to it.”

The 37 year old takes the largest 54 hole lead of the season into Sunday, after Walters missed a host of birdie chances in a level par round of 72 to stay at eight under par and one shot ahead of the chasing pack.

“It was tough," said Walters, "conditions were a lot harder in a way. I hit the ball probably the best I have the three days so far and felt like I walked away with very little. It was nice to get the birdie on 16 and make that save on the last to keep a bit of momentum going into tomorrow.

“The way Mikko is playing I'll need to make a few birdies, he's playing so well. I've got it in me. I hit it well enough today to make quite a few, but my putter was on holiday. We'll get it fixed and roll in a few tomorrow.”

Australian Adam Bland, Canada’s Austin Connelly, Swede Peter Hanson, David Horsey of England, Dane Jeppe Pape Huldahl, Spaniard Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Scotland’s Connor Syme and 2016 champion Ashun Wu of China are all on seven under par.

In a world first for professional golf, every player has been on the clock for every shot in Austria this week, and with no bad times recorded for the first two days, round three brought three one-shot penalties.

Austrian Clemens Prader took four seconds over his allotted 50 to take a putt on the 16th hole, becoming the first man to be issued with a penalty for registering a bad time at the event. Scot Grant Forrest and Andrea Pavan of Italy later joined him as players to be given one shot penalties.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-13
68
67
68
203
2
Justin Walters
RSA
-8
68
68
72
208
T3
Adam Bland
AUS
-7
70
73
66
209
T3
Ashun Wu
CHI
-7
69
68
72
209
T3
Austin Connelly
CAN
-7
69
71
69
209
T3
Connor Syme
SCO
-7
68
72
69
209
T3
David Horsey
ENG
-7
70
71
68
209
T3
Jeppe Huldahl
DNK
-7
68
69
72
209
T3
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
-7
67
70
72
209
T3
Peter Hanson
SWE
-7
67
73
69
209
T11
Lee Slattery
ENG
-6
72
72
66
210
T11
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-6
69
68
73
210
T11
Nick Cullen
AUS
-6
70
70
70
210
T11
Oscar Lengden
SWE
-6
66
73
71
210
T11
Oscar Stark
SWE
-6
69
72
69
210
T11
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-6
71
69
70
210

Round 2 - Korhonen races ahead in Austria

June 08, 2018

Mikko Korhonen produced a big finish to sign for a bogie-free round of 67 and take a one-shot lead after round two of the Shot Clock Masters.

The Finn is seeking his first European Tour win at Diamond Country Club near Vienna, Austria, in the ground breaking 72 hole strokeplay event in which every player in the field is on the clock for every shot, and he got to nine under par after birdieing three of his last four holes.

Korhonen races ahead in Austria, © Getty Images

“That was pretty good, but I didn't feel as good hitting the golf ball today as I did yesterday, so I'm very happy with the score. I'm sticking to my game plan, hitting a lot of fairways. I'm hitting a lot of irons off the tees here, just hitting the middle and taking it from there."

“It's a bit breezier today, the greens are getting harder, the fairways are getting harder, it's a bit tougher. I just need to stick to what I've been doing and hopefully that gets me there.”

Korhonen and his playing partners Austin Connelly and Ashun Wu made their way around the course in four hours and 8 minutes on Friday afternoon – 40 minutes faster than the 2018 European Tour average for 18 holes played in three balls.

However the fastest round of the week so far came in the morning session, with Nico Geyger, Henric Sturehed and Kristian Krogh Johannessen recording the lowest time for the second day in succession, this time clocking up 18 holes in just three hours and 47 minutes – more than an hour faster than the season average.

England's Steve Webster and South African Justin Walters are one shot off the lead at eight under par, while local hero Matthias Schwab, 2016 champion Wu, veteran Spaniard Miguel Ángel Jiménez and Dane Jeppe Pape Huldahl are a shot further back at seven under par.

“I played lovely yesterday and just continued it today, really," said Webster. "It was nice to have a late tee time and then an early one, so you just get straight back on with it. I'm making a lot of birdies, putting nicely, giving myself a lot of chances."

“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.

Former Ryder Cup player Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium, who expressed how much he has enjoyed the Shot Clock Masters concept, is then one of five players at six under par.

“This is great, this is how we should play week in, week out. You have plenty of time. You have to be ready, of course, but most of the time we still have 15 or 20 seconds to go when we hit shots."

“It took two or three holes yesterday to get into the rhythm to know where exactly we were time-wise, but once you know the deal I think it’s plenty enough."

“I feel this week is all about education about how quick a normal round should be played. You would wish a few slow players would have played this format to really know what it is like.”

The European Tour’s official timing policy is implemented on every hole this week, with players given a 50 second allowance for a first to play approach shot (including a par three tee-shot), chip or putt and a 40 second allowance for a tee-shot on a par four or par five, or second or third to play approach shot, chip or putt.

Failure to make your shot in the allotted time leads to a one-shot penalty on the hole in question but players are allowed two 40 second time-extensions in any one round. So far no penalties have been administered.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-9
68
67
135
T2
Justin Walters
RSA
-8
68
68
136
T2
Steve Webster
ENG
-8
69
67
136
T4
Ashun Wu
CHI
-7
69
68
137
T4
Jeppe Huldahl
DNK
-7
68
69
137
T4
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-7
69
68
137
T4
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
-7
67
70
137
T8
Charlie Ford
ENG
-5
72
67
139
T8
Jeff Winther
SWE
-5
69
70
139
T8
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-5
70
69
139
T8
Oscar Lengden
SWE
-5
66
73
139
T8
Ross McGowan
ENG
-5
69
70
139

Round 1 - Lengden sets the pace at the Shot Clock Masters

June 07, 2018

Oscar Lengden leads the way at the end of round one of the inaugural Shot Clock Masters, after a swift day of action at Diamond Country Club near Vienna, Austria.

The European Tour was once again breaking new ground, with every player in the field on the clock for every shot as part of the Tour's bid to combat slow play.

Lengden sets the pace at the Shot Clock Masters, Oscar Lengden, © Getty Images

The Swede signed for a six under par round of 66 to top the leaderboard on a day in which the fastest round came in at 55 minutes under the average time across the European Tour in 2018 for 18 holes in three balls.

“On my first hole (the tenth) I actually took a lot of time, I think I had four seconds left or something, but 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."

“It was great, it was fun to be out there again, I know my swing pretty well now and coming from a good week last week in Switzerland as well it was just fun playing today."

“The key is that I know where my ball is going. Overall I feel in control of my swing, so that’s probably the key at the moment. If I just keep my mind in the right state I think it will be a great week."

The group of Nico Geyger, Henric Sturehed and Kristian Krogh Johannessen posted a round time of three hours and 53 minutes, compared with the 2018 season average of four hours and 48 minutes.

Five groups completed their rounds in under four hours, as the average for the day came in at four hours and 13 minutes, with no penalties imposed for bad times.

The 21-time European Tour winner Miguel Ángel Jiménez of Spain was one of those players who got around Diamond Country Club in less than four hours, on the way to a round of 67.

“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. You see that it takes less than four hours to play 18 holes."

“After nine holes we were under two hours, and then of course under four hours after 18 and that was even waiting to play on some holes. 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."

“I feel great, from my last round last week I’m just continuing in the same mood. I’m making good shots, making birdies, and I enjoyed it very much.”

Lengden sets the pace at the Shot Clock Masters, Peter Hanson, © Getty Images

He was joined at five under par and just one shot off the lead by Sweden’s Peter Hanson and Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland, who shot back-to-back eagles on the 15th and 16th holes. Young Scottish duo Bradley Neil and Conor Syme are part of a group of six players one shot further back at four under par.

“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," said Hanson. "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."

“It feels great, it’s been a bit rough the last few weeks. Couple of loose shots today but way better than it’s been the last couple of weeks. I feel that the game is coming back to where it should be, or where I expect it to be. It’s just nice to get a good opening round, a good score on the board to see what I can do tomorrow.”

The Shot Clock Masters is a standard 72-hole stroke play event on the Race to Dubai, with one difference – the Tour’s official timing policy is implemented on every hole, with referees accompanying every group and operating a digital clock mounted on a buggy via a bespoke app.

The players have a 50-second allowance for a first to play approach shot (including a par three tee-shot), chip or putt and a 40-second allowance for a tee-shot on a par four or par five, or second or third to play approach shot, chip or putt.

Failure to make your shot in the allotted time leads to a one-shot penalty on the hole in question but players are allowed two 40-second time-extensions in any one round.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Oscar Lengden
SWE
-6
66
T2
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
-5
67
T2
Peter Hanson
SWE
-5
67
T2
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-5
67
T5
Anders Hansen
DEN
-4
68
T5
Bradley Neil
SCO
-4
68
T5
Connor Syme
SCO
-4
68
T5
Jeppe Huldahl
DNK
-4
68
T5
Justin Walters
RSA
-4
68
T5
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-4
68
T11
Ashun Wu
CHI
-3
69
T11
Austin Connelly
CAN
-3
69
T11
Jeff Winther
SWE
-3
69
T11
Mark Foster
ENG
-3
69
T11
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-3
69
T11
Mikael Lundberg
SWE
-3
69
T11
Oliver Farr
WAL
-3
69
T11
Oscar Stark
SWE
-3
69
T11
Ross McGowan
ENG
-3
69
T11
Sepp Straka
AUT
-3
69
T11
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-3
69
T11
Steve Webster
ENG
-3
69
T11
Tom Lewis
ENG
-3
69

Scores

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-16
68
67
68
69
272
2
Connor Syme
SCO
-10
68
72
69
69
278
T3
Justin Walters
RSA
-9
68
68
72
71
279
T3
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-9
70
69
73
67
279
T3
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-9
71
69
70
69
279
T3
Steve Webster
ENG
-9
69
67
76
67
279
T7
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-8
71
72
69
68
280
T7
David Horsey
ENG
-8
70
71
68
71
280
T7
Oliver Farr
WAL
-8
69
72
72
67
280
T7
Peter Hanson
SWE
-8
67
73
69
71
280
T7
Scott Fernandez
ESP
-8
73
73
69
65
280
T12
Adam Bland
AUS
-7
70
73
66
72
281
T12
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
-7
76
65
72
68
281
T12
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-7
72
68
73
68
281
T12
Johan Carlsson
SWE
-7
72
73
70
66
281
T12
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-7
69
68
73
71
281
T12
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
-7
67
70
72
72
281
T12
Nick Cullen
AUS
-7
70
70
70
71
281
T19
Austin Connelly
CAN
-6
69
71
69
73
282
T19
Jeppe Huldahl
DNK
-6
68
69
72
73
282
T19
Lee Slattery
ENG
-6
72
72
66
72
282
T19
Marcus Fraser
AUS
-6
73
72
71
66
282
T23
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-5
70
70
72
71
283
T23
Ben Stow
ENG
-5
74
71
68
70
283
T23
Grant Forrest
SCO
-5
71
70
75
67
283
T23
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-5
71
69
74
69
283
T23
Mark Tullo
CHL
-5
72
74
71
66
283
T23
Oscar Lengden
SWE
-5
66
73
71
73
283
T23
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-5
69
73
69
72
283
T30
Jeff Winther
SWE
-4
69
70
74
71
284
T30
Mark Foster
ENG
-4
69
75
67
73
284
T30
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
-4
71
73
69
71
284
T30
Tom Lewis
ENG
-4
69
71
74
70
284
T30
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-4
72
69
73
70
284
T35
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
-3
70
72
70
73
285
T35
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-3
70
70
77
68
285
T35
Ruaidhri McGee
IRL
-3
73
73
70
69
285
T38
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-2
74
71
71
70
286
T38
Charlie Ford
ENG
-2
72
67
75
72
286
T38
Oscar Stark
SWE
-2
69
72
69
76
286
T38
Ross McGowan
ENG
-2
69
70
74
73
286
T38
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-2
67
76
69
74
286
T43
Anders Hansen
DEN
-1
68
78
70
71
287
T43
Jose-Filipe Lima
POR
-1
73
72
70
72
287
T43
Sepp Straka
AUT
-1
69
75
70
73
287
T43
Simon Khan
ENG
-1
72
72
73
70
287
T47
Ashun Wu
CHI
Par
69
68
72
79
288
T47
Eirik Tage Johansen
NOR
Par
71
69
71
77
288
T47
Ryan Evans
ENG
Par
71
75
71
71
288
T50
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
1
70
72
70
77
289
T50
Daan Huizing
NED
1
71
70
71
77
289
T50
Henric Sturehed
SWE
1
73
71
69
76
289
T50
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
1
71
74
67
77
289
T50
Lukas Nemecz
AUT
1
73
71
71
74
289
T50
Steve Surry
ENG
1
75
65
76
73
289
56
Jarand Arnoey
NOR
2
72
68
72
78
290
57
Duncan Stewart
SCO
3
72
72
72
75
291
58
Jack Munro
AUS
4
72
74
69
77
292
59
Markus Brier
AUT
8
75
71
70
80
296
CUT
Ajeetesh Sandhu
IND
3
77
70
-
-
147
CUT
Ben Evans
ENG
3
73
74
-
-
147
CUT
Bradley Neil
SCO
3
68
79
-
-
147
CUT
Josh Geary
NZL
3
74
73
-
-
147
CUT
Maximilian Steinlechner
AUT
3
75
72
-
-
147
CUT
Mikael Lundberg
SWE
3
69
78
-
-
147
CUT
Pedro Oriol
ESP
3
78
69
-
-
147
CUT
Richard Green
AUS
3
75
72
-
-
147
CUT
Sebastian Garcia
ESP
3
74
73
-
-
147
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
4
70
78
-
-
148
CUT
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
4
76
72
-
-
148
CUT
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
4
70
78
-
-
148
CUT
Min-Kyu Kim
KOR
4
70
78
-
-
148
CUT
Trevor Fisher Jnr
RSA
4
75
73
-
-
148
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
4
72
76
-
-
148
CUT
Pontus Widegren
SWE
5
73
76
-
-
149
CUT
Rak Cho
KOR
5
73
76
-
-
149
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
5
73
76
-
-
149
CUT
Tom McKibben
NIR
5
71
78
-
-
149
CUT
Estanislao Goya
ARG
6
73
77
-
-
150
CUT
Florian Fritsch
GER
6
70
80
-
-
150
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
6
71
79
-
-
150
CUT
Marcel Schneider
GER
6
74
76
-
-
150
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
6
75
75
-
-
150
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
7
74
77
-
-
151
CUT
Chase Koepka
USA
7
73
78
-
-
151
CUT
Daniel Brooks
ENG
7
74
77
-
-
151
CUT
Gary Stal
FRA
7
72
79
-
-
151
CUT
Leo Astl
AUT
7
77
74
-
-
151
CUT
Matt Ford
ENG
7
75
76
-
-
151
CUT
Nico Geyger
CHI
7
74
77
-
-
151
CUT
Christopher Mivis
BEL
8
77
75
-
-
152
CUT
Francesco Laporta
ITA
8
75
77
-
-
152
CUT
Liam Johnston
SCO
8
77
75
-
-
152
CUT
Marcus Armitage
ENG
8
75
77
-
-
152
CUT
Chris Hanson
ENG
9
72
81
-
-
153
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
9
75
78
-
-
153
CUT
Bernard Neumayer
AUT
10
76
78
-
-
154
CUT
Berni Reiter
AUT
10
80
74
-
-
154
CUT
Johan Edfors
SWE
11
79
76
-
-
155
CUT
Oscar Serna
MEX
11
76
79
-
-
155
CUT
Petr Gal Jr.
CZE
13
78
79
-
-
157
CUT
Johannes Steiner
AUT
14
78
80
-
-
158
CUT
Paul Shields
SCO
14
79
79
-
-
158
CUT
Petr Dedek
CZE
18
75
87
-
-
162
CUT
Rene Gruber
AUT
18
81
81
-
-
162
CUT
Jeev Milkha Singh
IND
20
82
82
-
-
164
DSQ
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
Par
71
73
73
80
297
MDF
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
2
72
72
74
-
218
MDF
Matthew Nixon
ENG
2
73
69
76
-
218
MDF
Sebastian Heisele
GER
2
70
75
73
-
218
MDF
Victor Riu
FRA
2
72
72
74
-
218
MDF
Daniel Im
USA
3
70
70
79
-
219
MDF
Jason Norris
AUS
3
71
75
73
-
219
MDF
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
3
70
73
76
-
219
MDF
Matthew Millar
AUS
3
71
74
74
-
219
MDF
Laurie Canter
ENG
4
71
73
76
-
220
MDF
Clemens Prader
FRA
6
74
72
76
-
222
RET
Nino Bertasio
ITA
Par
76
-
-
-
76
RET
Pep Angles
ESP
Par
74
-
-
-
74
RET
Shiv Kapur
IND
Par
79
-
-
-
79

 




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