Music, pyrotechnics and mic'd up players - European Tour tees up GolfSixes

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The European Tour's drive to "embrace innovation and originality in professional golf" will see another new tournament added to the 2017 calendar.

Organisers announced in September the addition of the World Super 6, to be held in Perth next week, in what some have described as golf's version of Twenty20 cricket.

The Lake Karrinyup Country Club will host that event - which has both strokeplay and matchplay elements - next week, and another shortened form of the game has now been announced.

GolfSixes will see two-man teams from 16 different nations go head-to-head over two days in May, with a prize fund of EUR1million on offer for the winners.

On the opening day of competition the teams will be split into four groups of four and play each other over six holes, the winners earning one point.

The top two in each group will progress to the knockout stages on day two for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, which will also be contested over six holes.

As well as the new format, the European Tour confirmed there will be "music and pyrotechnics on the first tee and at various points around the course, while all players will be mic'd up to help bring the fans closer to the action".

Keith Pelley, chief executive of the European Tour, said: "We have said for some time that golf needs to modernise and introducing innovative new formats is a major part of achieving that aim, which is why I am delighted to announce the launch of GolfSixes. 

"We want to broaden the appeal of our sport to the millennial demographic and I think this format will do that, not only through the quick and exiting style of play, but also with the interactive digital experience fans will enjoy on site and the innovative television coverage people will enjoy at home."

The Centurion Club in St Albans, England, will host the inaugural GolfSixes event on May 6 and 7.