More players receive monitoring penalty in Abu Dhabi


European Tour official John Paramor talks with Jordan Spieth during Rd. 1 in Abu Dhabi. (Getty)

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Jordan Spieth no longer holds the distinction of being the only player issued a “monitoring” penalty under the European Tour’s new pace of play policy, although he will always be the first.

European Tour officials confirmed to on Sunday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship that two other players have ran afoul of the new policy, which was introduced this week.

England’s Daniel Brooks was issued a monitoring penalty in Round 2, and France’s Benjamin Hebert joined the list of slow play offenders during Sunday’s final round.

Players are allowed 40 second (50 seconds if they play first) to play a shot under the new rule when they are deemed to be out of position.

A second monitoring penalty will result in a fine of about $2,800.

During Thursday’s first round, Spieth, who did not play first, took 70 seconds to hit his birdie putt on the par-5 eighth hole and was issued the circuit’s first monitoring penalty.