The European Tour is introducing a new tournament format this week in the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth in Australia, trying to mix in short-format match play so as to create lots of drama and keep the tournament moving.
The ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth starts out as a stroke-play event, with all 156 players in the field playing 36 holes of stroke play at Lake Karrinyup Country Club before a cut is made to the typical top 65 and ties, as you'd see in other European Tour events. Then, after a third round of stroke play, another cut will be made to the top 24 players, with any ties being decided through a sudden-death playoff. Those top 24 players will advance into the knockout stage of match play.
When match play starts, the top eight players on the stroke-play leaderboard will get a bye into the second round of the match play bracket. Players 9th through 24th then square off in first-round matches, which are all six holes. If the players are tied after six holes, there's sudden death.
The match play tournament continues on Sunday until a winner is crowned.
This event marks the first time in European Tour history