European Tour breaks new ground with six-hole shoot-out event
Last Updated: 14/09/16 9:57am
The European Tour has joined forces with its Australasia counterpart to promote a new-style event that will combine both strokeplay and matchplay formats.
Next February's World Super 6 Perth tournament will consist of three rounds of stroke-play, followed by a final matchplay phase that will include the leading 24 golfers after 54 holes.
To be staged at Lake Karrinyup Country Club north of Perth from February 16-19, the event will comprise of a normal 36-hole cut.
The leading 24 players after the third round will then contest the matchplay segment on Sunday, with play-offs to determine who qualifies in case of ties.
On Sunday, all matches will be held over six holes, with a special knock-out hole should these matches end in a tie.
The knock-out hole will be specially built and be 100 yards in length. If the golfers remain tied after playing the hole once, they will then return to the tee and take part in a nearest-to-the-pin contest to determine the victor.
According to the European Tour's own website: "The World Super 6 Perth is a revolutionary tournament designed to retain the traditions of the game whilst appealing to a broader market."
Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia and PGA Tour of Australasia, said: "Cricket has Twenty20, Netball has Fast5, Rugby Union has Rugby7's and now golf has the World Super 6 Perth."
And Keith Pelley, chief executive of the European Tour, added: "This initiative was something that we spoke about at great length to our tournament committee.
Cricket has Twenty20, Netball has Fast5, Rugby Union has Rugby7's and now golf has the World Super 6 Perth.
CEO of the PGA Tour of Australasia
"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."