Tuesday, 06 February 2018
Damien Jordan during the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth  (Getty Images)
Damien Jordan during the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth (Getty Images)

Australia continues to be at the cutting edge of innovation in golf with the introduction of PGA Open Mic during the broadcast of the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth.

The initiative will see ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia players interact live with the commentary team as they play their round.

Imagine gaining an insight into a player’s thoughts as he walks off the tee and down the fairway to his ball or before he tees off on a hole during the match play section of the tournament gaining an understanding of his strategy and approach.

This will be possible during the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth, an event tri-sanctioned by the European Tour, ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, and Asian Tour, as players are interviewed by FOX SPORTS presenter Warren Smith, former pro and golf analyst Paul Gow, along with Warren Humphreys, Dom Boulet and Kate Burton from the commentary booth.

“Golf needs to continue to innovate to stay relevant in the modern market. Fans increasingly want more insight into the game, watching a player hit a superb shot is no longer enough. We now want to know the thought process behind that shot,” said Gavin Kirkman the Chief Executive Officer of the PGA of Australia which owns the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia.

“PGA Open Mic will allow fans an inside the ropes experience, from the comfort of their lounge room that they have never before experienced in golf. This is the first time this has ever been done in golf in Australia.

“This type of content has seen the broadcast of cricket enhanced dramatically. Fans love hearing from the players during the heat of the battle on the field of play. But it also helps the players express their personalities and enhance their reputations. This is a great initiative for everyone involved.

This week sees the second staging of the stroke play / match play hybrid tournament; the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth. This was the first international tournament to utilise this format concept with tournaments like the GolfSixes and the European Challenge Tour’s Northern Ireland Open replicating its success.

“The ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth is the perfect tournament for us to launch PGA Open Mic,” added Kirkman.

“The format is innovative and now we have an equally innovative way to comprehensively tell the story and show the action unfolding.”

The success of PGA Open Mic will be contingent on the players embracing this modern broadcast method and already the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia players are responding positively to the idea.

“We have spoken to a number of our ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia players and they are excited too,” added Kirkman.

“They are passionate sports fans, they watch what other sports are doing to bring fans closer to the action and they want to provide this same opportunity to golf fans.

For just a $25* general admission fans can watch Danny Willett, Brett Rumford, Andrew 'Beef' Johnston, Lee Westwood and others in action in the innovative ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth. While children aged 16 years and under enter free of charge. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.com.au.

The ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth event is proudly supported by the Western Australian Government through Tourism WA.

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