Revolutionary new format for Perth event

<div class="news_article"><p>A &quot;revolutionary&quot; new golf format was unveiled Thursday involving a matchplay finish after three strokeplay rounds in a bid to broaden the sport's appeal, with its debut set for Perth next year.</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/535343448" 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/535343448?et=_H9fIFMMSfBK270-xVcZ7g&viewMoreLink=off&sig=tev5ZRrASPg3MPJ6jAHvpVahAeTvZI1HVvt50gsDlE4=&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>The PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour initiative, called the World Super 6 Perth, will feature 54 holes of traditional stroke play.</p><p>The top 24 players will then battle it out in a series of knockout, matchplay shootouts played over six holes on the final day in a change that organisers hope will be big hit.</p><p>&quot;This is an exciting day for international golf as we launch the World Super 6 Perth, a golf tournament which is set to change the way people view golf,&quot; said PGA Tour of Australasia chief Brian Thorburn.</p><p>&quot;Cricket has Twenty20, netball has Fast5, rugby union has rugby sevens and now golf has the World Super 6 Perth.&quot;</p><p>Cricket, netball and rugby have all benefited immensely from introducing shortened, more exciting versions of their game. Golf's viewership and participation have come under threat in recent years.</p><p>&quot;The World Super 6 Perth is a revolutionary golf tournament designed to retain the traditions of the game whilst appealing to a broader market,&quot; a statement from the organisers said.</p><p>Under the new format, a regular cut will fall after 36 holes before the field is further reduced to 24 after three rounds, with any ties for 24th place decided by a play-off.</p><p>The remaining players take part in the six-hole shootout, with tied matches settled on a 90-metre, purpose-built knockout hole which shares the 18th green.</p><p>The knockout hole will be played once and if there is still no winner, competitors will return for a one-shot decider, where the ball nearest the pin wins.</p><p>The World Super 6 Perth, which replaces the Perth International, will be played at Lake Karrinyup Country Club from February 16-19 as part of the 2017 European Tour Race to Dubai and the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit.</p><p>European Tour chief Keith Pelley has been a leading proponent for golf's need to adapt to changing times.</p><p>&quot;We are thrilled to participate in this because, at the European Tour, we believe that golf needs to look at new and innovative formats,&quot; Pelley said.</p></div>