Unique European Tour event causes social media debate between golf fans

The Cyprus Showdown will feature a first-of-its-kind format on the European Tour and it's received mixed reviews.

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Wed, 14 Oct 2020

The Cyprus Showdown is set to take place at Aphrodite Hills next month and will feature a first-of-its-kind format on the European Tour, which has sparked a debate on social media.

The tournament will take place from November 5-8 and will be the second of two consecutive events in Cyprus, with 105 players set to feature for the first two days.

The top 32 players and ties will then progress to Saturday's action and their scores will be reset. The field will then be cut to the top 16 players and ties who will take part in the Sunday Showdown and once again, their scores will be reset, leaving it all to play for on the final day, with the winner set to take home €200,000.

Ben Cowen, the European Tour’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer International, said: “The European Tour has been a pioneer of innovative new formats in recent years so we welcome ISM’s ambition in bringing a new format to the European Tour as we make our first visit to the island of Cyprus.

“Not only do these events help give valuable playing opportunities to our members, but we are able to showcase the nation of Cyprus and the excellent PGA National Cyprus Golf Course at Aphrodite Hills which will host us over the two weeks.

“This exciting format will undoubtedly add to that spotlight and we are confident it be wholly enjoyed by our global television audience, bringing an exciting and dramatic conclusion to our fortnight in Paphos.”

The news received mixed opinions from golf fans, who responded in the comments on Twitter, with some showing their support to the European Tour for trying something interesting and new and others who were firmly against the idea.

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