The World Super 6 Perth is one of the European Tour’s attempts at reinvigorating the game of golf by introducing new formats. It’ll be interesting to see how well it turns out but for now we’ll stay positive. The first three days will be played as normal. There will be a regular cut after two rounds and then the field will be further reduced to twenty-four players after the third round.
In the result of a tie, there will be a playoff on the ‘Shootout Hole’ to determine the Top 24. From there, the Top 8 receive a bye to the next round. If there are any ties at this point, they will be decided based on who’s done the best over the last eighteen holes. And then nine holes, then six, then three and then one. The players placed between 9th and 24th will face off one-on-one in six holes of match play. If they’re tied after that, they’ll go to the Shootout Hole and play it until they can determine a winner.
The winners of those eight matches will play the Top 8 finishers from the first three rounds. Then we have the Quarter-Finals, then the Semi-Finals and then the Final. All of those matches will be played in the same format listed above. Now that we’ve gone through the format, let’s move on to the more interesting (I guess) stuff.
Lake Karrinyup CC hosted all four editions of the Perth International. On top of that, the course played host to the Johnnie Walker Classic in 2002 and 2003 and four Australian Opens during the 50s, 60s and 70s. The only course winners in the field this week are Louis Oosthuizen and Thorbjorn Olesen.
The fairways at Lake Karrinyup are wide and finding them isn’t of the utmost importance so wayward drivers can still craft a score. Thorbjorn Olesen ranked 66th in Driving Accuracy when winning here in 2014 and Alex Levy ranked 73rd when finishing 2nd last year. Greens in Regulation is the more important factor. Oosthuizen ranked 1st in GIR last year, hitting an astonishing sixty-seven greens in regulation. The other five winners at LKCC since the turn of the century all ranked inside the Top 8 in GIR too.
I think the entire goal here is to back players that are likely to find themselves in the Top 24 after three rounds and then hope for the best. I’m not sure a great match-play record is of any real importance when you’re only playing six holes. It seems like once we get down to the last day, anything really can happen. It’s not often you have twenty-four players in with a chance on Sunday so at the very least, this should be interesting. I think course form is going to be a good pointer this week, as good as any at least.
First up for me is Brett Rumford at 50/1. The Perth native has finished T6-T19-7 in his last three starts at Lake Karrinyup and although he missed cuts in South Africa and Abu Dhabi earlier this season, he was solid on his return to Australia last week. Consistency on certain courses has always been Rumford’s MO. A win and a runner-up at Laguna National, two runner-up finishes at Gleneagles, when there’s a course that the Australian likes, he tends to thrive.
There aren’t many players in this field that have had more success on the European Tour than Rumford. The 39-year-old has won five times on Tour including back-to-back events in 2013. Speaking of the event last year, Rumford said, “Being Match-Play, 6 Holes, it’s gonna be quick and a lot of fun.” Let’s hope he makes it far enough to find out.
Next up is Shiv Kapur at 125/1. Finishing tied for 29th on his only start at Lake Karrinyup, the stats suggest Kapur could’ve done a lot better. Ranking 3rd in FIR and 12th in GIR, only a slow week with the putter kept him from contention. Coming off a solid T12 in Malaysia, where he ranked 6th in Putts Per GIR, I just fancy Kapur may well find himself in the Top 24 with a round to go. The 35-year-old is yet to win on the European Tour but in this format, if he makes it through to Sunday then anything can happen.
I’ll finish my preview off with Dimi Papadatos at 150/1. A bit of a no-brainer here. Papadatos will arrive in Perth in good spirits having just picked up his 2nd PGA Tour of Australasia Tour win. “This win is massive, it’s momentum going in to next week which is nice and three years exemption on the PGA Tour of Australasia which frees me up to try and work my way in to Europe again.”
The 25-year-old finished T3 at Lake Karrinyup CC in 2013 so this won’t be his first crack at the course. If Papadatos can replicate his form from last week then it’s almost guaranteed that he’ll be in the Top 24 on Sunday. He finished T25 in the start following his first win but was inside the Top 10 with a round to go and one bad round cost him in his first start this year (T27). If Papadatos can show the composure and consistency displayed last week then there’s a good chance he’ll be there or thereabouts on Sunday.