European Tour CEO says a shorter form of golf will be trialled next year

Keith Pelley says the version may incorporate a shot clock and a limited selection of clubs

Keith Pelley

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European Tour CEO Keith Pelley confirmed that a new, shorter version of golf will be trialled next year.

The new version may incorporate a shot clock and could restrict players to the number of clubs they can choose from. 

"We are looking to create a format that would be six holes that could be an hour or or an hour-and-a-half content programme," he said.

It is hoped the additions will help attract more young players and boost TV audience figures. It remains unclear whether this will take on the form of matchplay or strokeplay.

"It would probably be a country competition," Pelley told BBC Radio 5 Live. "So you could see England playing Scotland in a six-hole matchplay.

"If you're not prepared to change, you're not prepared to be innovative, if you're not prepared to actually take chances, then sports will fall behind."