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Which formats are played on the European Tour?
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Which formats are played on the European Tour?

During a European Tour season, many different formats are played.

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Predominantly European Tour tournaments are strokeplay events contested over four days, where the player who takes the fewest strokes to complete 72 holes is crowned as champion.

But as part of the European Tour’s drive to innovate, there are a number of unique events on its International Schedule which are different to traditional golf tournaments.

New for 2019 the Scandinavian Mixed, hosted by Annika Sorenstam and Henrik Stenson, will see men and women going head-to-head for the first time on the same course competing for one prize fund and one trophy.

Benjamin Hebert BKO

First established in 2017, the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth will features both strokeplay and matchplay in the same tournament. The first three days – 54 holes – are played as traditional strokeplay, with the final 24 players competing in six-hole knockout matches.

GolfSixes – launched in 2017 – comprises of a series of six-hole matches, between 16 teams of two players. Unlike most events GolfSixes is played over just two days – instead of the traditional four.

The first day's play splits the teams into four groups of four. The winner of each match is the team with the most holes won after a six-hole contest.

In the group stages three points are given for winning a match, with one point given for a draw.

The top two teams from each group progress to the knockout stages – the quarter-finals, the semi-finals, a third/fourth place play-off match and the final – all of which are contested on the second and final day.

Jaidee and Khongwatmai

The event has included both male and female professional golfers, and sees different countries go head-to-head for the same prize. Since its inception in 2017, teams from Denmark (Lucas Bjerregaard and Thorbjørn Olesen), Ireland (Gavin Moynihan and Paul Dunne), and Thailand (Thongchai Jaidee and Phachara Khongwatmai) have all won GolfSixes.