European Tour launch 'revolutionary' new golf format

Event mixing strokeplay and matchplay hailed as 'golf's T20'

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Thu, 15 Sep 2016

European Tour launch 'revolutionary' new golf format

European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley (Getty Images)

The European Tour has announced a “revolutionary” new format to premier at the World Super 6 Perth in February.

Golfers will play 54 holes of strokeplay over the first three days at Lake Karrinyup Country Club, before the top 24 battle it out in a six-hole matchplay event on the final day.

Any ties for 24th place will be settled by a play-off, while a dramatic “Knockout Hole”, played on a purpose-built 90-metre hole, will ensue should players be level at the end of the six-hole shoot-out.

If a match is halved following the knockout hole, the players repeat the custom-made hole in a “nearest the pin” format.

A regular cut will happen after two rounds at the event, which is co-sanctioned by the Tour of Australasia.

“This is an exciting day for international golf as we launch the World Super 6 Perth; a golf tournament which is set to change the way people view golf,” said Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia and PGA Tour of Australasia.

“Cricket has Twenty20, Netball has Fast5, Rugby Union has Rugby7’s and now golf has the World Super 6 Perth.”

Pelley hopes it will attract more youngsters to the game (Getty Images)
 

Keith Pelley, Chief Executive Officer of the European Tour, said: “This initiative was something that we spoke about at great length to our Tournament Committee, led by Chairman Thomas Bjørn. We are thrilled to participate in this because, at the European Tour, we believe that golf needs to look at new and innovative formats.

“I think this type of competition will appeal to all golfers, but especially to a younger demographic, and will encourage competitors to play aggressive and attacking golf,” said Western Australian Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett.

“Golf is very popular throughout the world, especially Europe and Asia, and has a high appeal for many people in some of our top tourism markets, including Singapore, China, Malaysia and the UK.”

“The World Super 6 Perth will deliver valuable national and international media coverage of WA throughout the four-day broadcast, not only through the stunning scenery at Lake Karrinyup, but also through vignettes and billboards shown throughout play.”

Head to the European Tour website for more information. 
 

 

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