ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth Preview
This week sees the return of the innovative ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth at Lake Karrinyup Country Club in Perth, Australia.
This time last year the tri-sanctioned tournament was viewed globally with a great deal of intrigue and ultimately deemed by many to have been a great success.
We're expecting much of the same in 2018 and have gathered together a preview to help whet the appetite before the start of play this Thursday.
Super 6 Format
For those of us who can't quite remember the format from last year's event, here's a recap:
The World Super 6 Perth combines 54 holes of traditional stroke play across the first three days and switches to a final round match play format to decide the eventual champion.
At the end of Friday’s play there's a regular 36 hole cut, with an additional 54 hole cut on Saturday to finally whittle the remaining field down to 24 players.
Sunday’s match play format is a 6-hole elimination style tournament. The top eight players get an initial by and join the winners of the first round matches - leaving a 'last 16' proper.
From here, each winner progresses to the next round until a champion is crowned.
Catch some of last year's players talking about the World Super 6 below:
The Inaugural Champion
Brett Rumford claimed his sixth European Tour title at last year's event by defeating Thailand's Pachara Khongwatmai in the final of the inaugural ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth.
It was a dominant display from start to finish for the Aussie and few would have argued against the belief that the best player won on the day.
Catch highlights of Rumford's 2017 win below:
This year's field
The success of last year's event has led to a significantly strengthened field this time around.
Andrew 'Beef' Johnston will be getting his first taste of the World Super 6 as a late cover for the departing Tyrell Hatton who misses out due to injury concerns.
Danny Willett will be hoping that a change of format could prove just the tonic to help recapture the exceptional form that led him to a 'Green Jacket' in 2017 - form that has otherwise deserted him since.
Lee Westwood has previously referenced his desire to play in forward-thinking, innovative golf tournaments and the Englishman will get his chance this week in Perth.
Other notable players helping provide a global feel to proceedings at Lake Karrinyup Country Club includes Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen, Japan's Hideto Tanihara and the young Canadian Austin Connelly.
Who's our metaphorical money on?
The matchplay format after 54 holes should not detract from the need to find someone who will ultimately make the 24-man cut by performing solidly in stroke play.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat seems to be one of the best players in the field but we wouldn't rule out Lee Westwood. If pushed, we side with Kiradech to go one better than his compatriot Khongwatmai managed last year.
Who do you think will come out on top this week? What do you think of the format? Let us know below.
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