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GolfSixes won’t drone on and on at Cascais – final tee is set over swimming pool

All the European Tour’s new innovations at this week’s GolfSixes point to another fun week as the event moves to Cascais in Portugal. Picture by GETTY IMAGES

All the European Tour’s new innovations at this week’s GolfSixes point to another fun week as the event moves to Cascais in Portugal. Picture by GETTY IMAGES

THE European Tour’s drive for innovation in golf will continue apace this week when GolfSixes Cascais heralds a new era on continental European soil for the fast and fun six-hole knockout format, which proved such a success in its first two editions in England.

Team Ireland’s Paul Dunne and Gavin Moynihan will defend their title at Oitavos Dunes when the two-day event tees off on Friday, and the field also includes Ryder Cup winners Jamie Donaldson of Wales, Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher and Edoardo Molinari of Italy.

With 16 teams taking part – 12 qualifying teams of European Tour players and four wildcard teams, two of them all-female – the opening day will feature a round-robin format with four groups of four, before the top two teams in each group progress to Saturday’s knockout stages.

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Matches will be played in a modified Greensomes format, with all four players teeing off on every hole. Each duo will choose their team ball for the second shot and will play alternate shots thereafter.

Innovations include:

  • Players are permitted to wear shorts in competitive play for the first time in European Tour history
  • Players are permitted to use measuring devices for the first time in European Tour history
  • To reduce plastic waste, players will be provided with water bottles which they can fill at various stops around the course
  • Drone footage will be used during tournament play for the first time
  • The fourth hole will utilise a Shot Clock, with all strokes to be played within 30 seconds
  • The sixth and final hole will tee off from a platform located on top of a swimming pool, surrounded by fans and VIPs and a live DJ

The Draw:

Friday June 7

Session One

England v Portugal

 

11:04

India v Scotland 11:15
Ireland v England Women 11:26
Sweden v Thailand 11:37
Australia v Wales 11:48
Germany Women v France 11:59
South Africa v Spain 12:10
Denmark v Italy 12:21
 

Session Two

England v India 12:44
Portugal v Scotland 12:55
Ireland v Sweden 13:06
England Women v Thailand 13:17
Australia v Germany Women 13:28
Wales v France 13:39
South Africa v Denmark 13:50
Spain v Italy 14:01
 

Session Three

England v Scotland

 

 

14:24

Portugal v India 14:35
Ireland v Thailand 14:46
Sweden v England Women 14:57
Australia v France 15:08
Wales v Germany Women 15:19
South Africa v Italy 15:30
Spain v Denmark 15:41

 

Saturday June 8

 

Quarter-finals

Winner A v Runner up B 11:35
Winner C v Runner up D 11:45
Winner B v Runner up A

Winner D v Runner up C

 

Semi-finals

Winner QF1 v Winner QF2

Winner QF3 v Winner QF4

 

Third/Fourth place play-off

 

Final

 

12:00

12:10

 

 

13:30

13:45

 

15:15

 

15:25

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