Time is not on Fisher's side
Less than a month after Tiger Woods called for more action against slow play the European Tour have shown they mean business.
Ryder Cup player Ross Fisher was one stroke off the lead with four holes to play at the Wales Open when he was given a one-shot penalty - and £6,000 fine.
Fisher finished joint sixth, two behind winner Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, and in his rush to get away - at least he did that quickly - commented only: "I don't think it's justice, but there you go".
It took Fisher, Jaidee and joint runner-up Joost Luiten more than five hours to play their last round and they finished two holes behind the group in front.
They were 39 minutes over the scheduled time, but Fisher was singled out for punishment because of what happened at the 11th and 14th holes, long after they had been told to speed up. First the 31-year-old took 57 seconds to play a shot and then he took 55 seconds over a putt.
"The allotted time is 40 seconds," said Tour chief referee John Paramor. "Unfortunately he was maybe not aware of when the watch starts and how much time he has.
"I have on occasions tried to assist him with providing video evidence of him playing in the past. I don't know whether he viewed it at all, but if he would like some help I would be delighted to try.
"I think he struggles - his pre-shot routine is not quick. Today was clearly very important for him - he was contending - and he was extending it by a whisker. I told him before he teed off on the 15th hole. I don't think he was particularly happy."
In addition to the stroke penalty Fisher was given a £2,000 fine for his first bad time and £4,000 for the second one. How times have changed. The last occasion a final group got in trouble is thought to have been the 1981 PGA Championship at Ganton - winner Nick Faldo and Greg Norman were fined £50 and Ken Brown £150.
It is 17 years since a player was given a stroke penalty for slow play in a regular PGA Tour event in America - Glen Day was the player and he was given the nickname "All Day".