Colin Montgomerie has called for a shot clock to be introduced to stop slow play.

The former Ryder Cup captain told ESPN that the clock, which would force players to take a shot within a regulated time would stop the "biggest bug bear in golf."

The clock, which would be started from the first tee should be introduced by golf's governing bodies.

Just last week at The Open, Hideki Matsuyama was hit with a one-shot penalty after receiving a warning previously, and Guan Tianlang, the youngest Masters player ever, was controversially docked a shot for the same offence at Augusta.

Montgomerie played the US Senior Open last week in what was his first appearance on the European Senior Tour and he said of the idea: "What I would love to see, as a fast player knowing it would never happen to me, would be for one of the top players to have that shot penalty.

"Then it would really resonate throughout the rest of the field."

The Scot also backed up his argument: "It has been mentioned about a shot clock and this is interesting." 

"There should be an allotted time to play the game, like chess where you have a certain time to play.

"If the first two groups take five or more hours to go round then the day is gone, you can't make it up. But if that first group takes four hours and five minutes then you have a chance."


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