The newest format in golf, The ISPS Handa World Super 6 returns tonight in sunny Perth for its' second outing as the brainchild of Keith Pelley proved an overriding success. The great and the good of the Austrailian, Asian and European Tours will be in attendance as Australian Brett Rumford, a 33/1 shot, bids to retain his title.
Join us then, as we delve into the mysteries of the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth suggest a couple of players who could rise to the top this time round..
Favourite: Kiradech Aphibarnrat | 25/1
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 hosted 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 format work?
The ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth (from hereon in known as the 'ISPS') 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 at the official site: here.
TANIHARA TO BLUNT THOR'S HAMMER
We know a little more about the format, but given the newness of this tournament, as some players venture into the unknown, so do we, kind of! The range of skills the style demands is huge and it’s certainly an exciting concept. So, who do we think may have the full range of tricks in the locker to negotiate such an intriguing mix?
First up we’ll take a look at local lad Jason Scrivener. The 28-year-old knows the course well, and was a beaten semi-finalist last time out. Since then he’s won his first pro tournament, the New South Wales Open, and has returned figures of 19-28-15-3-4 here. That upward trajectory can continue and at 25/1 we’ll take a chance on the Perth powerhouse.*
Could Thor’s Hammer strike here? Like Scrivener above, Thorbjorn Olesen didn’t make the cut at the Maybank last week, but the 28-year-old Dane seems to like life down under. He won here back in 2014 and also won the World Cup of Gold with compatriot Soren Kjeldsen in Melbourne two years later. It's true that he’s not arriving with the best set of results under his belt, but he seems to like these quirky events and this could be the springboard for him to get back on track. 25/1.*
Lastly, we’ll plump for Hideto Tanihara. The 39-year-old Japanese professional finished fifth at the Maybank Challenge, sixteen under, and arrives full of confidence. He likes the area, and has over 50 Japan and Asian Tour titles to his name. He’ll enjoy the match-play format, and at 28/1 is surely worth a nibble.*
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- 2017 - Brett Rumford
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