By. Mark Chapleski, President, Troon International Division
It is my pleasure to announce another Troon International facility will be hosting a professional Tour event in 2017. The Privé facility in St. Albans, England, Centurion Club, will welcome the world’s best players to compete in an innovative new format known as GolfSixes. The event is part of the European Tour schedule and a major new initiative aimed at developing new formats to grow interest and excite new audiences.
The European Tour and its members could not wish for a better facility for such an event, and I know that Managing Director Scott Evans, Club Manager Ian Jackson, and Superintendent Andrew Garland are ready to put on a great show. I am sure you will all joining me in wishing the team every success.
ABOUT THE EVENT:
The European Tour has recently unveiled GolfSixes, a revolutionary and novel short form of the game embracing innovation and originality in professional golf. The inaugural GolfSixes event – featuring a prize fund of €1 million – will make its debut on the European Tour schedule at the Centurion Club in St Albans, on May 6-7, 2017.
The innovative new six-hole format starts with teams split into four groups of four and similar to the UEFA Champions League football group stages, before the top two teams from each group progress to the knockout stages – the quarter-finals, the semi-finals, a 3rd/4th place play-off match and the final – all of which will be contested on Sunday May 7.
In the group stages, three points will be given for victory with one point given for a draw while the matches themselves will be played in a greensomes match play format.
EUROPEAN TOUR – GOLFSIXES
Site: St. Albans, England.
Course: Centurion Club (six holes). Yardage: 2,276. Par: 24.
Purse: 1 million euros.
Television: Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Europe Sky Sports Coverage
Sat, May 6
Super Sixes Golf
Sky Sports 4 HD (12:30)
Sun, May 7
Super Sixes Golf
Sky Sports 4 HD (12:00), Sky Sports Mix (14:30)