With only days to go before the revolutionary Surf Coast Knockout tees off at The Sands Torquay, players on the PGA Tour of Australasia are showing their support for the world-first event which will tee off with much interest.
To be played from January 20-23 2011, the Surf Coast Knockout will shun the traditional four round stroke play format and instead adopt a match play format on the fourth and final day of the event.
What’s more, the final day of match play will be televised live on Network 10 and OneHD to golf fans all over Australia who will be keen to see the players face off in a first for tournament golf the world over.
“This event has been years in the making and we are really pleased with the support that the event is receiving from the players and the industry alike,” said Max Garske, CEO of the PGA of Australia.
“We hope this event will set a new standard and hopefully help determine the future of golf in Australia.”
“There is a definite need to find some new and exciting versions of our game that is loved by so many, and we really think this event is the first step in the right direction.”
What the players have to say….
“It will be a great event and something I’m really looking forward to. I think it’s important that we are trying something different for our Tour and it will definitely be a new challenge for the players.” Peter Senior
“This will take golf to another level. Six holes will make each player take a more aggressive approach if they want to make it through to the next round – so there will be nothing boring about this format.” Stephen Leaney
“This is something new and exciting has got to be good for the game. Twenty20 has revitalised the game of cricket and the Surf Coast Knockout has the ability to do the same for golf.” Andre Stolz
“I have always liked match play and to combine the formats into one event is a fantastic idea. The shortened version of the game on the final round will provide plenty of excitement and make it interesting for those watching too.” Jason Norris
“Its a knockout for golf, and located on the surf coast, this event is sure to be a huge hit.It will add spice to the PGA Tour of Australasia and could be the new format for tournament golf in Australia.” Michael Curtain
“Fantastic.” “Different.” “Refreshing and something that will attract to a wider audience, like Twenty20 cricket has.” Leigh McKechnie
“I am really looking forward to playing in the Surf Coast Knockout – a world’s first. There will be additional pressure on the third round in order to qualify for the match play knockout and then anything can happen in six holes.” Matt Griffin