Dustin Johnson backs shot clock idea

<div class="news_article"><p>World number one Dustin Johnson threw his weight on Wednesday behind a European Tour initiative to try out a shot clock to speed up play, calling it &quot;very interesting.&quot;</p><p><a id='4w30LePpRq9P86017P6f3A' class='gie-single' href='http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/866147484' target='_blank' style='color:#a7a7a7;text-decoration:none;font-weight:normal !important;border:none;display:inline-block;'>Embed from Getty Images</a><script>window.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'4w30LePpRq9P86017P6f3A',sig:'yKWnnEcMCumhbWA3NGGeZbmdRAaXfLB7Gl9UvhrjRJk=',w:'594px',h:'396px',items:'866147484',caption: true ,tld:'co.uk',is360: false })});</script><script src='//embed-cdn.gettyimages.com/widgets.js' charset='utf-8' async></script></p><p>Time will be of the essence at next year's Austrian Open when penalties will be imposed on players exceeding a stopwatch on each shot, European golf's ruling body the EPGA said this week.</p><p>The June tournament, to be renamed The Shot Clock Masters, will be the first time in history that golfers have a time limit on each shot. Failure to keep to it will see them penalized a shot.</p><p>It is hoped the move will reduce round times by 45 minutes, and Johnson likes the idea.</p><p>&quot;I think it would be very interesting, you'd see a lot of guys getting penalties on our (US PGA) Tour,&quot; the 33-year-old said ahead of the WGC-HSBC Champions, which tees off in Shanghai on Thursday.</p><p>&quot;That would be quite fun, actually. I'd have plenty of time but there's a lot of guys that wouldn't.</p><p>&quot;They would be getting a penalty on every hole.&quot;</p><p>Each group in Austria will have 50 seconds for the first player to play any given shot, and 40 seconds for subsequent players.</p><p>Players will get two time-outs per round which will double their allotted time.</p><p>Sweden's world number nine Henrik Stenson also likes the idea and said he will be watching how it unfolds in Austria.</p><p>&quot;It's obviously a different thing, you have a difficult shot and you want to take that bit of extra time, you're not going to have that,&quot; he said in Shanghai, where he was runner-up last year.</p><p>&quot;I'm sure it will get the kind of stress levels up a little bit on the players that are playing in that event.&quot;</p></div>