After a successful first year, the European Tour's GolfSixes is back in 2018 with a new round of 16 two-player teams competing in the unique match-play event at Centurion Club in England.
The GolfSixes format is, in concept, simple. There are 16 two-player teams divided into four groups. The four teams in each group play three six-hole matches within their group on the first of two days to complete a round-robin run.
The team match play format is modified alternate shot. Both players hit drives, pick the best one and play alternate shot through to the end of the hole. The team that wins a hole wins a point, and there are no carry-overs for tied holes. The team with the most points at the end of six holes wins.
The winning team earns 3 points for their team toward the group play. Losing teams get 0 points for the match. A draw nets both teams 1 point.
The top two teams in each group advance to Day 2, where an eight-team bracket determines the winners. Ties will be decided by holes-won differential. If that doesn't break the tie, then a closest-to-the-pin playoff hole will determine the winners.
Each hole in GolfSixes has a unique twist on it, making it different from week-to-week competitive golf.
- Hole 1 will have walk-up music, pyro, a host, music and a big screen to showcase the golfers
- Hole 2 will have a charitable component, with money being raised for each birdie scored
- Hole 3 will feature a longest-drive competition for men and women, with a host at the green to keep the crowd revved up
- Hole 4 is the shot-clock hole, with each golfer having just 30 seconds to hit each shot or taking a one-stroke penalty
- Hole 5 is the closest-to-the-pin competition on a par 3, with an amateur trying to beat the pros for each match coming through
- Hole 6 is the finale hole, but it has nothing particularly fancy about the play of it
GolfSixes teams, groups and betting odds
There are 16 teams in GolfSixes. Of the 16 teams, 13 are two men representing a country, including defending champions Denmark, made up of Thorbjorn Olesen and Lucas Bjerregaard. This year there are also three teams with women, including an English women's duo, a duo of two European women and a mixed team of 2018 Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn and 2019 Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew.
- Denmark (Thorbjorn Olesen/Lucas Bjerregaard): +500
- Thailand (Thongchai Jaidee/Kiradech Aphibarnrat): +1100
- USA (Daniel Im/David Lipsky): +2500
- European Women (Mel Reid/Carlota Ciganda): +9000
- Spain (Pablo Larrazabal/Adrain Otaegui): +500
- South Korea (Soomin Lee/Jeunghun Wang): +1400
- Australia (Sam Brazel/Wade Ormsby): +1800
- European Captains (Thomas Bjorn/Catriona Matthew): +8000
- France (Mike Lorenzo-Vera/Romain Wattel): +600
- Scotland (Richie Ramsay/Scott Jamieson): +1600
- Ireland (Paul Dunne/Gavin Moynihan): +1800
- Italy (Edoardo Molinari/Renato Paratore): +2000
- England (Eddie Pepperell/Matt Wallace): +750
- South Africa (George Coetzee/Haydn Porteous): +900
- Sweden (Alexander Bjorn/Joakim Lagergren): +1000
- England Women (Georgia Hall/Charley Hull): +5000