Super 6 heralds new strategy

PERTH • A revolutionary event this week will see 24 players go head-to-head in a six-hole final-day matchplay showdown as golf tries to attract new followers.

The World Super 6 Perth is promising a final day of rapid-fire thrills and spills, with tied matches going to a specially constructed 90m shootout hole.

Major winner Louis Oosthuizen is among those entered in the A$1.75 million (S$1.91 million) event, which begins today with the first of three rounds of strokeplay.

The European Tour is trying to "sex up" golf for a 21st century audience and hopes that the Perth event and the recently announced GolfSixes in May - which will feature DJs, pyrotechnics and six-hole matchplay - will attract a new generation to the game.

"We want to broaden the appeal of our sport to the millennial demographic and I think this format will do that," European Tour chief executive officer Keith Pelley said.

"Not only through the quick and exciting style of play, but also with the interactive digital experience fans will enjoy on site and the innovative television coverage people will enjoy at home."

PGA Tour of Australasia chief Brian Thorburn added: "Cricket has Twenty20, netball has Fast5, rugby union has rugby sevens and now golf has the World Super 6 Perth."


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 16, 2017, with the headline 'Super 6 heralds new strategy'. Print Edition | Subscribe