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Ryder Cup Captains set slow play policy

Ryder Cup captains Curtis Strange and Sam Torrance are doing what they can to pick up the pace -- and reduce the gamesmanship -- at this year's matches.

Having already agreed to no longer allow practice putting at the conclusion of each hole, the captains last week set the first "slow play" policy in the Ryder Cup.

"If you start getting timed, it will apply to everyone in the group," Strange said. "You have to keep pace."

Players will be allowed two bad times. The third violation will be loss of the hole.

Strange said John Paramor, chief referee of the European tour, will be in charge of timing the players and issuing the warnings. That shouldn't be a problem since there are only four matches per session each of the first two days.

Strange said the policy was Paramor's idea, and he and Torrance embraced it.

"The only thing I said to John was, 'If you start this, you better have the guts to enforce it,'" Strange said. "The key is to keep them moving along. Let's play golf."

One of the more memorable examples from the last Ryder Cup was Padraig Harringtonwalking 150 yards up to the 17th green to check out the hole location.

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