WORLD SUPER 6 PERTH SET TO REVOLUTIONISE GOLF
THE FORMATThe ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth will combine 54 holes of traditional stroke play across the first three days with an exciting knockout match play format for the fourth and final round. A regular cut will fall after 36 holes before the field is then further reduced to the top 24 players following 54 holes of regulation play, with any ties for 24th place being decided by a play-off. Those remaining players will then earn their places in the six-hole shootout. Any matches tied after the six holes will be decided in a hole-by-hole play-off. The winner will then progress to the next round of the match play or, in the case of the final match, be crowned champion of the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth.
With its innovative format introduced this year, the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth is officially an all-new tournament, but the former ISPS HANDA Perth International did take place on the same course from 2012-2014 as well as in 2016 with a different date. The two most recent winners of that event are in the field this week, with South African Louis Oosthuizen arriving in Western Australia as the ‘de facto’ defending champion. The 2010 Open Champion entered the final day three shots clear and, although he opened the door for multiple challengers with a bogey at the second hole, three birdies in six holes from the seventh saw him close out an eighth European Tour victory, even being afforded a bogey at the last.
Alexander Levy finished with a flourish 12 months ago, claiming runner-up spot courtesy of a final-round 66, while Jason Scrivener was the best of the home hopefuls in third place.
Alex Noren is the highest-ranked player in the field this week as the World Number 11 makes his first appearance in Western Australia following a solid start to the 2017 season. The Swede was a sensation in 2016, claiming four European Tour titles and moving into the top ten of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career. After a top 15 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship was followed by a share of 21st position at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, he will surely be in confident mood in Perth. Noren has a strong field to content with, however, including former Major Champion Oosthuizen and his fellow Lake Karrinyup winner, 2014 ISPS HANDA Perth International champion Thorbjørn Olesen. The 27 year old will be looking for further success Down Under, having won the World Cup of Golf with Søren Kjeldsen in Australia in 2016. The Dane is joined by other winners from the 2016 season in Marcus Fraser, Wu Ashun, Nathan Holman, SSP Chawrasia and Shih-chang Chan, as well Sam Brazel, the winner of the UBS Hong Kong Open last December.
THE Course Regularly ranked among the top golf courses in Australia, Lake Karrinyup Country Club boasts a unique and memorable clubhouse which was constructed with washed limestone and hardwood jarrah timber-lined walls and sits atop the highest elevation point of the site on North Beach Road in the north-west suburbs of Perth. The course is spread around the lake after which the club is named and, with its undulating terrain and tree-lined fairways, is very easy on the eye – especially if you are lucky enough to see a kangaroo or two… The fairways are generally spacious and forgiving but the seaside winds can play a part and it will be by no means a walk in the park for the stars of the European Tour, Asian Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia this week. Karrinyup’s most important feature is undoubtedly its tropical lushness and magnificent flora and fauna, underpinned with the eucalypts dotted around the towering trees. It is a course which feels natural to its surrounding environment, designed and created by its habitat as much as its architects Alex Russell, the original designer back in the 1920s, and Mike Clayton who made some revisions ten years ago.
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