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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 229
I F YOU thought Sunday’s 24-man match play final round of the World Super 6 at Perth’s Lake Karrinyup was a little left field, brace yourselves. European Tour boss Keith Pelley has big plans for golfing formats that will make the Super 6 seem as sedate as Jordan Spieth’s on-course fashion choices. In its inaugural year, you’d have to say the Super 6 delivered on its promise of more excitement and climactic moments across the four days in Perth. With a five-man playoff on the Saturday just to secure the last place in the Sunday field, as well as numerous extra-hole playoffs to decide the six-hole knockout match-ups on Sunday, including eventual winner Brett Rumford requiring two playoff holes to get past world No. 58 Hideto Tanihara in the second round, there was excitement and tension in equal measure. That same enthusiasm would likely have been absent had a traditional format been employed, with Rumford leading by five strokes after three rounds, making him an almost inevitable winner if all players had simply played another 18 holes. But the unorthodox final day of the event is only the beginning when it comes to the European Tour’s plans for reinvigorating golf for both players and spectators. THE UNORTHODOX FINAL DAY OF THE EVENT IS ONLY THE BEGINNING WHEN IT COMES TO THE EUROPEAN TOUR’S PLANS FOR REINVIGORATING GOLF FOR BOTH PLAYERS AND SPECTATORS.
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