New Euro Tour event to include six-hole matches

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A new addition to the European Tour schedule for 2017 will include six-hole matches and could potentially crown a champion with a closest-to-the-pin contest.

The circuit announced Wednesday the creation of the World Super 6 Perth, to be played Feb. 16-19 at Lake Karrinyup Country Club in Australia. The event will be co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and will replace the Perth International on both schedules.

The unique format will begin rather conventionally, with a 36-hole stroke-play cut. From there, the remaining participants will compete in a third round of stroke play to determine the top 24 players who will advance to match play, with a playoff as needed to determine the final spots.

The 24 players still standing will then square off in a series of six-hole matches on the tournament's final day to crown a winner. Should any match remain all square through six holes, players will head to a makeshift tee adjacent to the 18th fairway and play a single "knockout hole" back to the 18th green from 90 meters (98 yards) away.

If both players tie the knockout hole, they'll return to the new tee and hit one more shot, with the player who finishes closer to the pin advancing. It's an unusual tiebreaker, and one that would theoretically be in play for the tournament's final match.

"This initiative was something that we spoke about at great length to our tournament committee, led by chairman Thomas Bjorn," said European Tour CEO Keith Pelley. "We are thrilled to participate in this because, at the European Tour, we believe that golf needs to look at new and innovative formats."