The Western Australian city of Perth will be a new frontier in golf’s effort to appeal to a younger demographic.
Taking a cue from cricket, rugby and netball, each of which are sports that feature short forms, the European Tour and the PGA Tour of Australasia will co-sanction a tournament in February called the World Super 6 Perth at Lake Karrinyup Country Club, it was announced Wednesday.
Replacing the Perth International on the tours’ respective schedules, the new tournament will feature 54 holes of stroke play followed by a cut to the low 24 players, who then will compete in in a series of six-hole matches on the final day.
In an interesting wrinkle, any matches that are tied after six holes will use a so-called “knockout hole” to determine a winner. The 100-yard hole will comprise a tee adjacent to Lake Karrinyup’s 18th fairway and the existing 18th green. If a match remains tied after competitors play the knockout hole once, they will return to the tee for a closest-to-the-pin contest to decide the victor.
“I think this type of competition will appeal to all golfers, but especially to a younger demographic, and will encourage competitors to play aggressive and attacking golf,” said Western Australian Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett.
The European Tour’s sanctioning of the new event comes as little surprise, with CEO Keith Pelley hinting in recent months that the tour would experiment with innovative tournament formats.