European Tour to introduce six hole tournaments

<div class="news_article"><p>European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley plans to introduce six-hole tournaments complete with blaring music in a bid to shake up golf's staid image.</p><p><div class="getty embed image" style="background-color:#fff;display:inline-block;font-family:'Helvetica Neue',Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;color:#a7a7a7;font-size:11px;width:100%;max-width:594px;"><div style="padding:0;margin:0;text-align:left;"><a href="http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/535343458" target="_blank" style="color:#a7a7a7;text-decoration:none;font-weight:normal !important;border:none;display:inline-block;">Embed from Getty Images</a></div><div style="overflow:hidden;position:relative;height:0;padding:66.666667% 0 0 0;width:100%;"><iframe src="//embed.gettyimages.com/embed/535343458?et=sd_VBZULRYZ5bnu7rhatZw&viewMoreLink=off&sig=fUngADic34NGHkuXRAQUsOuTCPm3e5ZicfS9yl95aJE=&caption=true" width="594" height="396" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="display:inline-block;position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;margin:0;"></iframe></div><p style="margin:0;"></p></div></p><p></p><p>Pelley succeeded George O'Grady last year and has already introduced measures aimed at tackling slow play as he tries to capture a younger audience for the sport.</p><p>However, Pelley's announcement that six-hole sprint formats could be included on the European Tour schedule from 2017 is a significant leap.</p><p><!--JavaScript Tag with group ID // Tag for network 919: Media Drive // Website: Golf Today // Page: Run of Site // Placement: Run of Site-Desktop Inread-2 x 1 (6400099) // created at: Mar 8, 2017 9:59:21 AM--></p><p>&quot;There's no question that is something we believe in as well.</p><p>&quot;Let's be honest -- and scientific data proves this -- attention spans are decreasing as opposed to increasing and it's completely different when the choice people have to consume content now is so different than it was 35-40 years ago.</p><p>&quot;So you have to change, people's time is so precious that golf -- I think every golf course being built needs to be six holes, six holes, six holes -- so that people can go at the beginning before they go to work.&quot;</p><p>Pelley highlighted the success of Twenty20 cricket in boosting attendances as a reason for change.</p><p>&quot;From our perspective, as the gatekeepers of the professional game, we are looking to create a format that would be six holes,&quot; he said.</p><p>&quot;That could be an hour, an hour-and-a-half content programme... which would be very entertaining.</p><p>&quot;Yes, there would be a shot clock, yes there would be music being played, and PA announcements, and players would be dressed a little differently, and maybe they would only play with five or seven clubs.&quot;</p><p>Pelley said he envisaged players representing their countries &quot;so you could probably see England playing Scotland in a six-hole matchplay with time clocks and music and so forth going on and it would be an aspirational goal to be even remotely as successful as Twenty20 cricket.</p><p>&quot;If you're not prepared to change, if you're not prepared to be innovative, if you're not prepared to take chances, then I do believe that the sports that aren't will fall behind.&quot;</p></div>