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GolfSixes heads to continental Europe

The European Tour will take its GolfSixes event to mainland Europe for the first time with the announcement that the Portuguese municipality of Cascais will host the 2019 edition.

The team event was played at the Centurion Club in St Albans, England in 2017 and 2018, but will move to the Oitavos Dunes course on June 7-8.

The tournament will be hosted in partnership with the Municipality of Cascais and U.COM, an agency which stages the annual Millennium Estoril Open men’s ATP tennis event.

The 2019 GolfSixes will follow the same ground-breaking format as the 2018 event, with four ‘Wildcard Teams’ – featuring stars of male and female golfers – joining 12 other two-man teams of European Tour players representing their home nations.

The two-day tournament will also be played over a Friday and Saturday for the first time. This avoids a clash with football’s Uefa Nations League final and third-place play-off, which will take place in Portugal on June 9.

Dirk Glittenberg, owner of U.COM, said: “GolfSixes is a brilliant concept which has the potential to change how sports fans around the world view the game of golf, and everyone at U.COM is very excited about bringing it to Portugal for the first time. We believe this can be transformative for the image of golf in Portugal and we are very grateful for the support and faith that the Municipality of Cascais have shown in this concept.”

Carlos Carreiras, Mayor of Cascais, added: “This is a perfect match for Cascais – a world class destination for a world class event. We are delighted to be hosting this event in continental Europe for the first time and we intend to make it the best GolfSixes ever. We look forward to welcoming golf fans, and viewers from all around the globe, to our beautiful destination in the western most point of Europe this June.”

Oitavos Dunes has hosted the Open de Portugal on four occasions, first in 2005 and then three years in succession in 2007, 2008 and 2009.