The average recreational golfer is more than used to a shotgun start. Just about every weekday scramble or fundraising event has participants heading out onto remote parts of the golf course to start their round. I have always wondered exactly why the PGA never goes to a shot-gun times when weather or darkness could become an issue. Instead, they always employ a two-tee start.
This is why Friday’s announcement by the European Tour that the third round of the Portugal Masters will begin with an 8:00 am shotgun start is so shocking. The leaders will start off on the first hole while everyone else will have to head out (walk or carted?) to their respective starting holes.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the adverse weather forecast round 3 will be a shotgun start at 08:00, with the leaders teeing off from the 1st hole.
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) October 16, 2015