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.
“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.