For the second week in a row, the European Tour tees-up at Aphrodite Hills in Cyprus, unveiling a model new format by no means tried earlier than at this degree.
Although the Cyprus Showdown is actually a stroke play occasion, it culminates with an 18-hole shoot-out to find out the champion.
Promoted by International Sports Management (ISM), the event will witness two cuts, together with a ‘dash end.’
A 36-hole lower will happen on Friday night when the highest 32 gamers and ties progress to the subsequent spherical.
At this level, everybody’s rating might be reset to zero, forward of Saturday’s third spherical.
At the tip of day three, the main 16 gamers and ties will advance to Sunday’s 18-hole shoot-out when the scores will as soon as once more be reset to zero.
In impact, the event turns into a single-round competitors on Sunday.
The Showdown format follows within the footsteps of the European Tour’s Super Six and Belgian Knock-Out occasions, each of which mixed stroke play with medal match play.
As with final week’s Cyprus Open at Aphrodite Hills, area dimension for the Showdown might be 105, though the winner’s share of the €1m complete prize fund might be elevated by nearly €40k to €200k.
Something new on provide
And it is as a result of these occasions are being staged on the similar venue, it was determined that there needs to be a brand new format this week.
Andrew Chandler, chief government officer of ISM, defined: “With two tournaments back to back in the same place, it should offer something a bit different and I’m sure the players will look forward to it.
“We have to strive new issues for golf, to attempt to entice new followers and gamers, and the Cyprus Showdown needs to be an thrilling approach to end our two weeks in Cyprus.”
Because of the format, which sees the resetting of scores to zero at the completion of days two and three, the tournament in theory will become more of a lottery, although perhaps more exciting too.
The psychology of the players will certainly vary from day to day. With only the leading 32 players (and ties) surviving the first cut, golfers will need to hit the ground running on Thursday or be out of contention earlier than normal.
A quieter Saturday?
Saturday will probably be the most sedate day of the tournament, when golfers will ‘only’ need to be in the top 50% (depending on the exact number of qualifiers) to book their spot on ‘Finals Day.’
On Sunday the event becomes a sprint finish although, by then, the qualifiers will be guaranteed a reasonable-sized cheque for making it through to the last 16 (and ties).
In theory, those who tee-up towards the end of days two, three and four should have an advantage, although there may be a preference to being among the early starters and not having to worry too much about the opposition. In short, ‘ignorance can sometimes be bliss.’
Birdies on offer
As for last week at Aphrodite Hills, scoring was low on this shorter than normal course which measures under 7,000 yards in length.
The top-10 all broke 270 for 72 holes on a course where the fairways are reasonably generous, and the greens are larger than normal.
With players facing shorter than normal approach shots, there should be plenty of attacking golf taking place this week and someone who can putt well in the 10-20 feet range should prosper.
Thomas Detry, Sami Valimaki and Robert MacIntyre all posted top-10s on Sunday with former Ryder Cup star Jamie Donaldson enjoying a run of consistent form in recent weeks.
But when the final 18-hole shoot-out takes place next Sunday, anything is possible.
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