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Get ready for Super6 golf

 

ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth logo

 

Professional golf, and the European Tour, in particular, is set to join cricket, rugby and netball in bringing into the game a revolutionary new cut-down version of its bread and butter tournament formats.

A la 20/twenty cricket, sevens rugby and fast5 netball, it's new game are called super 6 golf.

With former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and Alex Noren, a four-time European Tour winner last year, heading the field, The World Super 6 Perth, the first tournament in this new format which mixes traditional stroke play with a cut-down version of match play, is teeing off on Thursday at Lake Karrinyup, home of one of Australia's best-known and most respected golf courses.

A tree-lined 7,143-yard par 72 featuring wide fairways and Bent grass greens, it has hosted four Australian Opens, two Johnnie Walker Classics and, more recently, the European Tour's Perth International in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016, so clearly Super6 is being taken seriously.

Outlining the reason for its introduction, Keith Pelley, Chief Executive Officer of the European Tour, says: "We believe that golf needs to look at new and innovative formats."

And adding to this, Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA Tour of Australasia says: "Cricket has Twenty/20, Netball has Fast5, the Rugby Union has Rugby/7's and now golf has the World Super 6 Perth.

Because the new event is tri-sanctioned, the field is made up of 60 players from his PGA Tour of Australasia, 60 from the European Tour, and 30 from the Asian Tour.

How will it work?

To start with, 54 holes of conventional stroke play will be played during the first three days with the field being cut to 65 and tied after 36 holes and to just 24 after 54 holes.

Match play takes over on the final day with the top eight on the leaderboard getting a bye into the last eight.

And yes the match play is very different to what we have known before. Each match is played over only six holes - or as little as four if any player goes three-up.

If matches are all square after six holes, play moves to a 90-metre shoot-out hole where the two antagonists fire at the 18th green from an especially constructed tee-box beside the 18th fairway - and they'll have to keep on firing away until there is a winner.

The six-hole match play format, which starts with the last 16 and continues through the last eight, the quarter-finals and the semi-finals to the two-man final.

At this point, the winner could have played a maximum 30 holes of Sunday match play - or 24 if they were one of the lucky eight who got a first-round bye. And this only if they didn't have to go extra miles on the 90-metre shootout hole!

Making it easier, the weather will behave. According to our GolfWeather.com boffins, it will vary from sunny and mild to sunny and hot on all four days and the wind will only rarely gust above the 20km/h mark.

Can Super6 golf succeed? Right now the jury is out and divided and until we see it live, nobody can be sure, so it seems we can look forward to an interesting four days at the back end of this week.

LEADING ODDS
(As on Tuesday AM, Feb 14, 2017)

Louis Oosthuizen 9/1
Alexander Noren 9/1
Thorbjorn Olesen 20/1
Peter Uihlein 20/1
Jordan Smith 25/1
Ryan Fox 35/1
Hideto Tanihara 25/1
Marcus Fraser 35/1
Curtis Luck 50/1
Mikko Korhonen 50/1
Jason Scrivener 50/1
Brett Rumford 50/1
Michael Hendry 60/1
Gregory Bourdy 50/1
Richard Green 45/1
Aron Price 45/1
Phachara Khongwatmai 55/1
Samuel Brazel 50/1
Brad Kennedy 55/1
Matthew Griffin 50/1.

Neville Leck

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