Perth to host revolutionary golf tournament

The Australian city of Perth will next year host an innovative new golf tournament that will feature a six-hole shoot-out competition on its fourth and final day.

World Super 6 Perth will be co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour organisations and will take place at Lake Karrinyup Country Club (pictured) from February 16-19.

The first three days of the event will be played out in the traditional 18-hole-a-day stroke play format, with a regular cut to fall after 36 holes. The top 24-ranked players at the end of Saturday's play will progress to the final day's action, at which point the revolutionary six-hole shoot-out format will be introduced.

A purpose-built, 90-metre ‘Knockout Hole’ will decide any matches that are tied following the six holes of play. The hole will be played once and, if a winner does not emerge, a nearest-the-pin contest will decide who progresses to the next round or, in the case of the final match, win the tournament.

“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,” Brian Thorburn, chief executive of the PGA of Australia and PGA Tour of Australasia, said. “Cricket has Twenty20, netball has Fast5, rugby union has rugby sevens and now golf has the World Super 6 Perth.”

European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley in July signalled his intention to introduce new six-hole competitions to the sport in a bid to attract younger audiences. Pelley stressed how important it was for golf to continue to innovate.

He said: “This initiative was something that we spoke about at great length to our tournament committee, led by chairman Thomas Bjørn. We are thrilled to participate in this because, at the European Tour, we believe that golf needs to look at new and innovative formats.”

The event will form part of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai and the PGA Tour of Australasia’s Order of Merit.

Western Australian Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett added: “Golf is very popular throughout the world, especially Europe and Asia, and has a high appeal for many people in some of our top tourism markets, including Singapore, China, Malaysia and the UK.

“The World Super 6 Perth will deliver valuable national and international media coverage of WA throughout the four-day broadcast, not only through the stunning scenery at Lake Karrinyup, but also through vignettes and billboards shown throughout play.”