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Sunday, 20 May 2018
Crowds gather on the 8th green during the final day of the Belgian Knockout at Rinkven International  (Getty Images)
Crowds gather on the 8th green during the final day of the Belgian Knockout at Rinkven International (Getty Images)

The European Tour broke new ground once again this week at the Belgian Knockout and the innovative event proved to be a hit with players and fans alike.

A 144-man field came to Rinkven International Golf Club as the European Tour returned to Belgium for the first time since 2000 and that field was cut to 64 after two days and 36 holes of stroke play - with a little help from an 11-man play-off.

There were then six rounds of nine-hole stroke play knockout to determine a winner, with bumper crowds lining the fairways over all four days of the event, which was organised and hosted by Thomas Pieters and his family.

Local hero Nicolas Colsaerts drew a lot of those crowds on his march to the quarter-finals and he was not the only player to heap praise on the format that joins the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth, GolfSixes and Shot Clock Masters in providing something different on the European Tour.

"It's been great," said Colsaerts. "From the people that have come and watched to the Pieters family for organising. All I heard, not only from my part but from people, everything was perfectly run. I was a bit curious to see what it was going to be like but I think, for a first try, I'll give them nine out of ten."

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