Danny Willett is looking forward to trying something different as he prepares to tee it up at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth.
This week's tournament, hosted at Lake Karrinyup Country Club—a course Willett rates as one of his favourites in Australia—features a combination of match play and stroke play, with the field cut to 65 and ties after 36 holes.
A further cut after round three will see the field size reduced to the leading 24 players ahead of Sunday's final round, a thrilling six-hole match-play knockout, with the final 24 eventually reduced to two, from which the winner will be decided.
The 2016 Masters Champion is playing his third consecutive European Tour event after returning from injury and is thrilled to be able to focus on his game rather than the shoulder injury which forced him to bring a premature end to his season late last year.
“It's a funky format,” Willett said. “I watched it last year on TV and really thought it was good. So to be able to come down and be part of the Super 6, it puts a different spin on golf.
“We play a lot of 72-hole tournaments throughout the year and there are a couple of match-play events in there, but this obviously just throws something a little bit different in the mix there with the six holes and obviously the short pitch play-off hole as well.
“In an ideal world, it just makes for everyone being in a slightly smaller area and having all the crowds closer together.”
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Willett's fellow Englishman Andrew "Beef" Johnston is also relishing the prospect of trying the format when he makes his debut at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth this week.
Johnston has made a promising start to his 2018 campaign finishing tied ninth at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and with solid performances over the past two weeks in Dubai and Malaysia, the 28-year-old is hoping the innovative format will suit his game as he looks to add another European Tour title to his name.