The European Tour have come up with an innovative new idea to try to make golf more interesting to the younger generation by creating Golf Sixes which as the name implies is to be played over just six holes in the “greensomes” format of play. Designed to be quicker and more exciting than the standard 72 hole tournaments played over 4 days.
The first tournament will be held in the UK at a St Albans course
6-7th May of 2017
The Centurion Club in Hertfordshire will host the inaugural GolfSixes
The inaugural GolfSixes will feature two-man teams from 16 countries competing for a prize fund of 1million euros.
The leading European Tour member from each nation will select his partner for the event, which will use the greensomes match play format.
In the group stages, three points will be given for winning a match with one point given for a draw.
“The first day’s play will see the teams split into four groups of four – similar to the UEFA Champions League football group stages – before the top two teams from each group progress to the knockout stages – the quarter-finals, the semi-finals, a third/fourth place play-off match and the final – all of which will be contested on Sunday May 7.”
“Players will also be encouraged to interact with the fans during play and in the intervals between their matches, including taking part in Q&A sessions in the fan zone, while live streaming on social media will further enhance the spectators’ experience and maximise reach.
“The interactive digital fan experience will feature polls, user generated content and unique social media content while the innovative broadcast items will include POV cameras, caddie cams, unique camera angles and on-course player interviews.”
Not sure if the golf equipment suppliers will be getting involved with this but the likes of: Callaway,Titleist,TaylorMade,Nike,Srixon,Mizuno,Cleveland,
Adams,Odyssey etc should be taking advantage of this opportunity.