Players will have to pass an interactive test on pace-of-play rules as part of their conditions of membership. A pace-of-play timing system will be tested at next month's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the European Tour's flagship event, including on-tee displays showing players their position in relation to the group in front.
Field sizes at events also will be reduced from 156 to a minimum of 144 to give referees better space to monitor groups over the first two rounds. Larger starting intervals will be built into play on weekend rounds to create a better flow between groups.
The plan was announced on Monday. Keith Pelley, the tour's chief executive, says the new proposals "will bring about meaningful change that will make golf even more enjoyable for the players and our fans."
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