There’s a different flavour on this week’s European Tour as the second GolfSixes tournament takes place at the Centurion Club in St Albans. Team Denmark represented by Lucas Bjerregaard and Thorbjorn Olesen are defending champions.
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The second GolfSixes tournament will be contested at the Centurion Club this weekend. 16 teams from the European and Ladies European Tours will do battle for a prize fund of €1 million in this innovative event.
Male and female two-player teams, largely representing countries (with two “European” teams also featuring,) will battle it out at the Centurion Club north of London over two days this Saturday and Sunday to be crowned GolfSixes champions.
The matchplay competition will be played to the Greensomes format with both team members driving off at each hole, choosing their best tee shot and then playing alternate shots from there.
On day one, the 16 teams will play in four groups of four, playing each other over a set of six holes. The top two teams from each group at the end of the day will progress to the knockout stages on Sunday.
The final day will see quarter finals, the semi-finals and final, plus a 3rd/4th place playoff. As per the name of the event, each of these sprint matches will be played over six holes.
England’s men will be represented by two winners on the European Tour in 2018 – Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace. Pepperell claimed his maiden Tour title in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, while Wallace triumphed in the Hero Indian Open.
“Playing in front of a home crowd is an exciting prospect and something I’ve always looked forward to,” said Wallace. “Last year it looked as if there were a lot of kids enjoying the whole experience, so it should be a lot of fun to play in front of so many young fans and hopefully get them excited about golf.”
England’s women will be represented by Georgia Hall and Charley Hull and they will feature in the same group – Group D – as Pepperell and Wallace.
Scotland will be represented by Richie Ramsay and Scott Jamieson and there will be two European teams – one featuring Carlotta Ciganda and Mel Reid, the other the Ryder and Solheim Cup captains Thomas Bjorn and Catriona Matthew.
The tournament will have a distinctly different feel to regular European Tour events with players walking on to the tee accompanied by music. A shot clock will be in operation with players having just 30 seconds for each shot. There will also be a long-drive hole and a nearest the pin competition.
Deisgned by Simon Gidman and opened for play in 2013, the Centurion Club has quickly earned a reputation as one of the best new courses in the country. It’s been designed to have a links feel with indigenous grasses and sculpted bunkering.
The weather forecast looks like being good with warmer temperatures arriving for the weekend.
Venue: Centurion Club, St Albans, England
Date: May 5-6
Course stats: par 24, 2,335 yards
Defending Champion: Denmark (Lucas Bjerregaard and Thorbjorn Olesen)
How to watch GolfSixes
Saturday 5 – Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Mix from 12.00pm
Sunday 6 – Sky Sports Mix from 12.00pm and Sky Sports Golf from 12.30pm
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Denmark – Lucas Bjerregaard and Thorbjørn Olesen
Thailand – Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Thongchai Jaidee
USA – Daniel Im and David Lipsky
European Women – Carlota Ciganda and Mel Reid
Australia – Sam Brazel and Wade Ormsby
South Korea – Jeunghun Wang and Soomin Lee
Spain – Pablo Larrazábal and Adrian Otaegui
European Captains – Thomas Bjørn and Catriona Matthew
France – Alexander Levy and Romain Wattel
Italy – Edoardo Molinari and Renato Paratore
Scotland – Scott Jamieson and Richie Ramsay
Ireland – Paul Dunne and Gavin Moynihan
England – Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace
South Africa – George Coetzee and Haydn Porteous
Sweden – Alexander Björk and Joakim Lagergren
England Women – Georgia Hall and Charley Hull
Key hole: 3rd – A 525 yard par-5 that will offer up birdie and eagle chances.