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Tuesday, 05 June 2018
Lee Slattery  (Getty Images)
Lee Slattery (Getty Images)

Players will be on the clock in Austria this week as the innovative Shot Clock Masters makes its debut on the European Tour.

Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg, near Vienna, hosts the first tournament in professional golf where a shot clock will be used on every stroke as part of the European Tour’s bid to combat slow play.

Players will incur a one-shot penalty for each violation of the shot clock but have the right to call two time extensions during a round.

Our stats guru has crunched the numbers to come up with three players who might just be an ideal fit for your Fantasy team this week.

Favourite: Matthias Schwab

The Austrian only made his professional debut at this course last season and he now returns to a familiar scene looking to claim his first European Tour victory. Schwab, who earned his card through Qualifying School last year, has impressed this season, finishing in the top 30 of four of his last five events and making his Rolex Series debut at the Italian Open last week. 

The 23-year-old's best finish to date was tied fourth at the Hero Indian Open in March but that could change this week. With speed being of the essence throughout the tournament, Schwab's familiarity with the course could give him an advantage. And it would be fitting for his first win to come in his home country.

Form Horse: Lee Slattery

Slattery heads to Austria on the back of a stunning performance at the Italian Open. The 39-year-old produced a third-round 62 - the week's lowest score - to take the lead heading into the final round, before finishing two shots behind winner Thorbjørn Olesen and one adrift of Francesco Molinari following a thrilling finale on Sunday.

The Englishman said he hopes to build on his display in Brescia after admitting he had made a slow start to the season. If he shows up in Atzenbrugg in the same form, he could be claiming his first European Tour win since the 2015 M2M Russian Open and third in total. Slattery could thrive under the shot clock rules at Diamond Country Club and more displays like he produced on Saturday may leave the field trailing in his wake.

Wildcard: Nicolas Colsaerts

 

It can be tricky predicting which players will adapt the best to new formats but Colsaerts has shown he can cope with the changes in the past. Last month in his home country, he fought his way through the first three knockout rounds of the Belgian Knockout. His run came to an end in the quarter-finals in a format which saw the top 64 from the first two rounds play nine-hole knockout stroke play over the weekend in Antwerp.

His top-seven finish was the 35-year-old's best result of the season so far and another new tournament with a different concept could once again bring out his best. The first Belgian to play in The Ryder Cup is looking for his third European Tour title and first since 2012, which came at the Volvo World Match Play Championship.

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1KORHONEN, MikkoFIN18-16
2SYME, ConnorSCO18-10
T3COLSAERTS, NicolasBEL18-9
T3WEBSTER, SteveENG18-9
T3JACQUELIN, RaphaëlFRA18-9
T3WALTERS, JustinRSA18-9

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