World Super 6 Preview
The third edition of the European Tour's World Super 6 tournament is on this week, with Callaway Staff Player Kiradech Aphibarnrat defending his title. Here's what you need to know.
The innovative World Super 6 Perth tournament is the only event in European Tour history which has featured a combination of match play and stroke play, and is played at Lake Karringyup GC in Perth, Australia.
Last year, it seemed apt that the most novel tournament on the European Tour played host to one of the more unexpected outcomes of the season.
Aphibarnrat didn’t confirm he was even playing in it until the week before, and he showed up in Australia having never seen the course. After 54 holes of stroke play, the Thai was the final survivor of a nine-man playoff simply to get into the match-play portion of the event, then went on to win five straight six-hole matches for his first European Tour title since 2015.
Aphibarnrat defeated Ben Eccles, Yusaku Miyazato, Sean Crocker and Lucas Herbert to reach the final at Lake Karrinyup Country Club. There he faced Australian James Nitties, who he beat 2&1
“I don't know how to explain, but I'm so happy,” Aphibarnrat said at the time. “It’s really tough to get into the last 24. It’s been tough every single match that I play in.”
Kiradech Aphibarnrat: What’s In The Bag
Driver: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (9°, Mitsubishi Tensei 60-X)
3-wood: Callaway Rogue
2-iron: Callaway Epic Pro
Irons (3-5): Callaway X Forged 13
Irons (6-PW): Callaway Apex MB
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy Forged (52°), Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (58°)
Putter: Odyssey #7 Versa WBW
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X 18
For the first 36 holes, 156 players will compete, with the top 65 and ties progressing after a cut. A further cut after round three will see the field size reduced to 24, with a sudden-death play-off taking place if required to reach this number.
The fourth and final round is a six-hole match play knockout format – the 24 players are eventually reduced down to two, from which the winner will be decided.
Any matches tied after their shootout will then be decided in a hole-by-hole play-off, after which the winners will then progress in to the next round.
This isn’t the first time that a European Tour event has taken place at Lake Karrinyup CC, and in addition to once featuring events such as the Australian Open and Johnnie Walker Classic, the ISPS HANDA Perth International has held its residency there during four of the last five years.
Known for its undulating hills and natural sand bunkers, the course lends itself more favourably to those players that like to hit a draw thanks to the many right-to-left dog-legs that occupy the course.
In addition to a difficult layout, players will have to contend with the wind while simultaneously trying to miss the kangaroos who roam freely on the course. To reach the Sunday match play component of this tournament players will benefit from a strong putting performance, as statistics show that there are more three putts than on many other European Tour venues.