Jordan Spieth Irritated About Timing of Being on the Clock at Augusta Masters

Updated: 09 April 2016 10:52 IST

Jordan Spieth and his group were timed for being out of position in the Augusta Masters, leading to criticism from the defending champion.

Jordan Spieth Irritated About Timing of Being on the Clock at Augusta Masters
Jordan Spieth was timed for being out of position after he said he wanted to wait out the toughest period. © AFP

Jordan Spieth was frustrated when Masters officials put his group on the clock ahead of the toughest stretch at Augusta National. (Jordan Spieth Holds On to Lead)

Spieth, Paul Casey and Bryson DeChambeau were told on the 11th hole the toughest in the second round that they were being timed for being out of position.

Spieth hit his approach some 75 feet from the hole and was heard saying to his caddie,"I'm being ... timed. I want to take my time, wait out the gusts."

He two-putted for par, escaped with a par from the bunker short of the 12th green and the group was back in position a short time later.

Under pace-of-place guidelines, a player is warned if he goes over his allotted time while on the clock, and the second violation is a one-shot penalty.

Spieth chose his words carefully when asked if it was fair for his group to be put on the clock.

"I wouldn't say it was unfair," he said. "I would say that ... have fun getting put on the clock at 11 of Augusta, and then play 11 and 12 rushing with gusting wind. It's not fun. It's not fun at all."

He said the group also was put on the clock at the 17th. Spieth had a 2-over 74 and had a one-shot lead over Rory McIlroy. Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old amateur from China, was given two bad times in 2013 and assessed a penalty shot in the second round. He still made the cut.

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Highlights
  • Jordan Spieth was timed for being out of position in Augusta Masters.
  • Spieth holds a one-stroke lead over Rory McIlroy.
  • Spieth is the defending Augusta Masters champion.
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