GolfSixes is a revolutionary new short form of golf.
It follows an exciting team match play format over two days, instead of the traditional four-day, 72-hole stroke play.
12 different nations will compete over six holes with six different personalities.
Defending champions Lucas Bjerregaard and Thorbjørn Olesen will return to represent Denmark along with Players from England, France, Australia, Thailand, Italy, South Korea, South Africa, USA, Spain, Scotland and Sweden and will compete against each other for a prize fund of €1 million as the six-hole circuit winds around an activity-packed fan zone. The eventual winners will receive €100,000 each.
To add a different twist this year there will be 4 Wildcard teams which include European Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjørn and Solheim Cup Captain Catriona Matthew who will become the first male and female professionals to play together in a competitive match play format on the European Tour when they form the ‘Captains Team’ . There will also be an ‘England Women’s Team’ comprising Charley Hull and Georgia Hall and a ‘European Women’s Team’ of Norwegian Suzann Pettersen and England’s Mel Reid. The final wildcard team to be confirmed shortly.
Hosts Vernon Kay, Anna Whitely, Nick Dougherty, Henni Zuel, and Wayne Riley will keep fans at the venue and at home up to date with the action.
Further celebrity commentators to be confirmed at later date.
The Teams will play in a Greensomes format, where the teams select their best tee shot and then play alternate shot thereafter. On Saturday May 5, the teams will be split into four groups of four, similar to the UEFA Champions League football group stages.
The top two teams from each group progress to the knockout stages – the quarter-finals, the semi-finals, a 3rd/4th place play-off match and the final – all of which will be contested on Sunday May 6.
Each of the 6 holes will have their own personality and colour, the Fan Zone will have a range of fan interaction activities across a variety of sports and fans will have the opportunity to win prizes through the day.