Professional Golfer’s Association President Paul Levy announced new pace-of-play initiatives for the golfing tour’s 2018-19 schedule, including reduced time at the tee for shots to be made, and the introduction of souped-up golf carts that can zip players along the course at speeds in excess of 80 mph.
Pace of play initiatives are designed to speed play along on a tour that feels that the sport moves too slowly to engage the modern audience, hampering it’s popularity with younger viewers and athletes alike, offering the Tour a bleak outlook. Levy is banking on reducing shot times from 40 seconds to 30 seconds and bringing in fuel-injected racing carts to enhance the experience and potentially bring in a sorely-needed younger audience.
“You can’t just reduce the times, you need to bring them in, and I can’t think of anything that would pack them in like social sophisticates in plaid pants popping wheelies and spraying mud in between shots,” CEO Jay Monahan said.
“The integrity of the game will remain intact,” Levy explained. “It will still be man against ball. We’ll just be selling a lot more funnel cake and pouches of Levi Garrett.”
Levy expects the initiatives to be in observed when the 2018-19 PGA Tour season kicks off with the Culvert County Invitational Golf Classic in October.