European Tour innovates with Golfsixes and European Golf Team Championships
The Glasgow 2018 European Championships will be staging the first-ever European Golf Team Championships in August next year, and the European Tour has taken the initiative in introducing further new and exciting competitions into its calendar with the introduction of GolfSixes.
The first event – featuring a prize fund of €1 million – will make its debut on the European Tour at the Centurion Club in St Albans, near London, in less than three months’ time on 6-7 May.
The event will feature two-man teams from 16 different nations, each nation being represented by its leading ranked and available European Tour member who will be joined by a compatriot of his choosing from within the European Tour Membership.
The first day’s play will see the teams split into four groups of four, similar to the UEFA Champions League football group stages.
The top two nations from each group progress to the knockout stages, with these three rounds contested on the second day.
In the group stages, three points will be given for winning a match with one point given for a draw while the matches themselves will be played in a greensomes match play format over six holes.
Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said:
We have said for some time that golf needs to modernise and introducing innovative new formats is a major part of achieving that aim, which is why I am delighted to announce the launch of GolfSixes.
“We want to broaden the appeal of our sport to the millennial demographic and I think this format will do that, not only through the quick and exciting style of play, but also with the interactive digital experience fans will enjoy on site and the innovative television coverage people will enjoy at home.
“We are also delighted to have brought a country versus country element to the fore,” he added.
Further details of GolfSixes can be found here: GolfSixes - European Tour.
GolfSixes will provide a long-range form guide for the European Golf Team Championships in 2018.
The competition will be played over five days, from 8-12 August 2018, and is going to be held on the historic Gleneagles’ PGA Centenary Course, the host venue of the 2014 Ryder Cup.
Backed by both the European Tour and the Ladies European Tour, the championships will see men and women compete for their countries on the same course simultaneously in top-level competition for the first time in the history of the sport.
The championships will have men’s team, women’s team and mixed team competitions in a Match Play format.