The news came early Friday from the European Tour:

Because of weather concerns at the Portugal Masters, the impending third round will be played as a shotgun start.

Almost immediately, social media reaction likened it to any other shotgun start featuring mere mortal golfers.

Is it a shamble format? Can players buy mulligans in the pro shop? Will there be a long-drive contest? Closest to the pin? How many beverage carts are out there?

All joking aside, it’s a brilliant move by the Euro Tour, which has always been more aggressive than its PGA Tour counterpart in offering creative ways to complete its events. Just three years ago, the Nelson Mandela Championship was played as a par-65 on a course shortened by 1,600 yards because of heavy rains.

Hey, whatever it takes, right?

But I’ve often wondered why major televised golf tours don’t sporadically offer a shotgun start, simply for the fan experience.

Think about it: In the opening two rounds of any event, you’re able to catch your favorite player on live television for only one of those days. Sending a large portion of the field out in a shotgun start would afford television networks the chance to cover a greater variety of players while giving viewers a better chance of catching their favorites.

It would also enhance the chances of being able to finish in a given day. The opening round of the 2015-16 PGA Tour season started Thursday — and guess what? It didn’t conclude until Friday.

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Source: ESPN  Jason Sobel

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