The best players from the Asian Tour will be back to headline the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth when the A$1.6 million event starts at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club on Thursday.
Following a three-week break, the action on the Asian Tour resumes with the European Tour and ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia tri-sanctioned event set to delight the crowd in Western Australia.
The stakes at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth are also going to be higher as it is the final event for players to boost their world rankings and break into the top-50 so as to qualify for the World Golf Championships- Mexico Championship next week.
South Africa’s Justin Harding, who finished third on the Asian Tour Habitat for Humanity Standings after two standout victories in Indonesia and Thailand last year, is among the hopefuls eyeing a good result in Perth.
“I played nicely in Hong Kong and Mauritius towards the end of last year and also posted a couple good results in Dubai and Saudi Arabia this year. So I’m just seeing if I can keep riding the wave and momentum and push on,” said the South African.
Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond is also hoping to seek inspiration from his compatriot’s winning performance last year and achieve a similar feat at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth, which is the only tournament in professional golf that features an innovative stroke play and match play format.
“It was pretty amazing to see what that win has done for Kiradech (Aphibarnrat) last year. He broke into the top-50 in the world and went on to play the Masters.
“I remembered we were just talking before the tournament started last year and how he did not even get to play a practice round as he was the last player to enter the tournament. He then went on to win the tournament. It’s pretty inspiring,” said Jazz.
Harding and Jazz along with Thailand’s Poom Saksansin and American Kurt Kitayama are among the leading Asian Tour contenders for the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth.
The ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth, which will also welcome 26 Asian Tour champions, combines 54 holes of traditional stroke play across the first three days with an exciting knockout match play format for the fourth and final round.
A regular cut will fall after 36 holes before the field is then further reduced to the top-24 players following 54 holes of regulation play, with any ties for 24th place being decided by a play-off.
Those remaining players will then earn their places in the six-hole shootout.
Any matches tied after the six holes will be decided by playing the new Shootout Hole - a purpose-built 90-metre hole constructed at Lake Karrinyup, with a tee placed adjacent to the 18th fairway and utilising the 18th green.
The ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth is a revolutionary golf tournament designed to retain the traditions of the game whilst appealing to a broader audience.
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