If you follow the European Tour closely you will have heard one word repeated time and time again this year: innovation. The Tour’s chief executive, Keith Pelley, may be treading on the toes of some of golf’s traditionalists, but he is determined to try out new formats to bring new fans to the game. Last week, Pelley announced a new six hole tournament to be played in England in May but before then we’ve got this week’s event in Perth, the IPS Handa World Super 6.
The tournament begins like any other with two rounds of stroke play, around Lake Karrinyup Country Club, before the regular 36 hole cut. Saturday consists of another 18 holes of stroke play and another cut leaving the tournament’s top 24 (playoffs and a countback will decide any ties). The tournament winner is decided on Sunday when just six holes will be used to host short match play encounters (the top eight get byes for the first match play round).
This unique format is going to take some getting used to for players, fans and pundits alike but the World Super 6 does have the potential for real drama. There are sure to be late twists before both cuts and match play is an inherently exciting format. The format does, however, make picking a winner a little harder than normal. With that in mind, it is worth siding with players whose games are well suited to Lake Karrinyup CC.
The 7,143 yard, par 72 course is set around the lake from which it gets its name. Therefore, water is a hazard on multiple holes while the hilly nature of the terrain guarantees tricky lies even on the wide fairways. It’s not a long course so driving distance isn’t overly important but hitting greens in regulation is vital for success.
2014 Champion Olesen Can Win Again
Some players have decided to wait and see how the new look World Super 6 plays out before committing to the event but Thorbjorn Olesen was always going to give it a crack. The Dane won the Perth International at Lake Karrinyup in 2014 and has form winning quirky formats at the Alfred Dunhill Links. He’s got the accuracy and ball striking to go well again at this venue so back him at odds of 22/1 with Coral.
Brazel to Delight the Home Galleries
The Australian galleries will not be short of home favourites to support this week given that there are 60 players from the Tour of Australasia taking part. Of them all, Sam Brazel could be the one to break through the pack. The Aussie had a strong showing in Malaysia last week and is more than tempting at 66/1 with Ladbrokes.
Kimsey Can Go Under the Radar
Nathan Kimsey’s graduation from the Challenge Tour to the European big leagues has been a little hit and miss. He grabbed at top 10 finish at the Qatar Masters before missing the cut the following week. Still, he’s settling in nicely on the European Tour and he could just catch fire amongst this standard of opposition at odds of 150/1 with BetVictor.