May 06, 2017: Team England and Team Scotland are ready to embrace the European Tour’s new GolfSixes format, as they prepare for the inaugural event this weekend at Centurion Club in St Albans.
GolfSixes is an exciting new team match play format to be played over two days (Saturday and Sunday), with 16 nations competing around the six-hole circuit for a prize fund of €1 million.
During the group stages on Saturday, the 16 competing nations will compete in four groups of four teams, with each team playing three six-hole matches. The top two teams from each of the four groups will progress to Sunday’s knockout stage which will feature quarter-finals, semi-finals, a 3rd/4th place play-off match and the final.
The teams will play Greensomes, where the two players select their best tee shot and then play alternate shots thereafter.
Representing the home nation, Ryder Cup players Andy Sullivan and Chris Wood are the tournament’s top seeds, and have been drawn in a tough group for the opening day of play on Saturday, including reigning World Cup of Golf champions, Denmark.
Richie Ramsay and Marc Warren, who tasted victory for his country when he lifted the World Cup of Golf trophy alongside Colin Montgomerie back in 2007 are representing a Scottish team ranked 16th this weekend.
Amongst the competitors at Centurion Club this weekend are the European Tour’s most recent winner, Alexander Levy of France, and Ryder Cup players Jamie Donaldson, representing Wales and Belgium’s Nicolas Colsearts.
Group A – England, Denmark, The Netherlands, India
Group B – Thailand, Spain, Belgium, Scotland
Group C – Australia, Wales, USA, Portugal
Group D – South Africa, France, Sweden, Italy