Earlier in 2016, European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley teased the idea of new tournament formats, including the idea of six-hole match play. Now, an official tournament has come along boasting a previously unseen format.
The new event, dubbed the World Super 6 Perth, will replace the prior Perth International in Australia and will be played from Feb. 16-19 at Lake Karrinyup Country Club. The idea is to have 54 holes of stroke play, including 36- and 54-hole cuts, that will leave 24 players for a single day of match play to declare a champion.
The twist on the match play is twofold: The players will battle it out in six-hole matches, with ties settled on a purpose-built 98-yard hole on the property's lake. If the playoff hole is tied, then the players will have a closest-to-the-pin contest on the same hole to determine a winner.
“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.
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“Cricket has Twenty20, Netball has Fast5, Rugby Union has Rugby7’s and now golf has the World Super 6 Perth.”
The event will be co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the PGA Tour of Australasia.