The newest format in golf, The ISPS Handa World Super 6, gets going tonight in sunny Perth and the great and the good of the European and Asian Tour will be in attendance. Join us as we delve into the mysteries of the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and this new format and suggest a couple of players who could be the competition's inaugural winners.
ISPS Handa World Super 6 | Thursday 16th February, SS1 5:00
Favourite: Oosthuizen, Louis 8/1
TOURNAMENT & COURSE OVERVIEW
Opened in 1928, the Lake Karrinyup Country Club, in Perth, Western Australia, was originally designed by Alex Russell and has been the home of the Australian Open on numerous occasions. More recently it has housed the Johnnie Walker Classic and the Perth International (2012-16).
Designed around a lake, the body of water remains the focal point of the course, visible from 17 of the 18 holes, and this par-72, which winds its way through the undulating ground and native gum trees is as picturesque as it is challenging, covering 7.142 yards in length.
The signature hole is the eighth; a 220-yard par-3 which forces players to clear the lake onto a raised green. Anything less than total precision here and one's hopes could be well and truly sunk!
Another that will surely delight the cameramen is the third. This beast is a 554-yard par-5 which has the lake running its length and adds a dramatic background to the obvious problems it poses the players.
Weather: It's as you might expect, SUN, SUN and more SUN! With temperatures in the mid-30s and 15-20km easterly, northeasterly winds the conditions are ideal for player golf. No excuses here for anyone posting a low score!
Prize Pool: €1,750,00. The winner picks up €210, 255 and 210,255 Race to Dubai points!
How does the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth format work?
The ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth will combine 54 holes of traditional stroke play across the first three days, with an exciting six-hole knockout match play format for the fourth and final round.
A standard cut to the leading 65 professionals and tied will be implemented after the second round (36 holes). The field will be further reduced with a second cut being made after the third round (54 holes) to the leading 24 players who will battle it out over six-hole matches until one man is left standing.
How do the final 24 players become 2 players?
Once the 24 players have been decided, the leading 8 players from that 24 are seeded into the second round of the match play. The remaining 16 players are split into 8 matches of 2 players and they play the first round of match play. Thus, 8 players will get knocked out of the tournament in the first round of the match play. Then, the 8 winners in the first round of match play will be paired against the 8 seeded players meaning the second round of match play will also have 8 matches of 2 players. From that point onward, each round of match play has half the number of players as the previous round until a winner is decided.
A full list of FAQs can be found here.
Thor's Hammer to Strike?
A field of 156 players will compete for the right to be called champ in Australia in this tri-sanctioned tournament that is a world's first. As the players venture into the unknown, so do we. The competition itself may descend into a random mess, but the potential for this format to take off is huge: it's exciting, for sure. So who do we think may have the full range of skills to negotiate such an intoxicating blend?
Well, first up we'll take a look at Thorbjorn Olesen. The 27-year-old Dane seems to like life down under. He won this event back in 2014 and also won the World Cup of Gold with compatriot Soren Kjeldsen in Melbourne just a few months ago. It's true that he missed the cut here last year, but last season's win at the Turkish Airlines proved his mettle. In a field ripe for exploitation, the 20/1 on offer seems large, so he's our first pick.*
Of course, favourite Louis Oosthuizen is one from one at this course and showed just how hot he is with his recent performance at the Phoenix open. However, 8/1 doesn't appeal, so let's look further afield. One name that we're drawn to is that of Brett Rumford. The Aussie is a Perth native and knows this course well, with two top-10 finishes here already, including seventh last year. The 39-year-old was fifth at the Australian PGA Champs and despite recent results not boding well, 35/1 seems big enough to pique our interest.*
Our last pick for this new sprint-style format is one who comes into the competition with a string of bad results to his name, but Gregory Bourdy knows and likes this course. He finished T4 alongside the American Peter Uihlein last year and the 6'11" Bordeaux giant registered his biggest prize purse ever when he won the ISPS Handa was held in Wales. 55/1 - buckle up, this could be fun!*
So there you have it. Our picks for glory... agree?
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