Tour stars excited ahead of Perth showpiece

Perth, Australia, February 13: The leading players from the Asian Tour are ready to serve notice of their talents when the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth tees off at Lake Karrinyup Country Club on Thursday.

A total of 20 Asian Tour champions with over 50 tournament victories accumulated will tee up for the AUD$1.75 million event, which is set to revolutionise tournament golf with its exciting new format.

Gaganjeet Bhullar of India

Gaganjeet Bhullar of India

Moving away from the traditional four-day stroke play format, the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth will combine 54 holes of traditional stroke play across the first three days with an exciting knockout match play format for the fourth and final round.

India’s S.S.P. Chawrasia and Gaganjeet Bhullar, Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang and Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert, who all finished in the top-10 of the Order of Merit last season, are ready for the challenge when the event gets underway.

“It’s going to be an interesting format. With the matchplay on Sunday, it’s going to be a quick entry and exit to the finals. I’m really excited and hopeful that I can be in the field by Sunday,” said Bhullar, a seven-time Asian Tour winner, who ended his three-year title drought with victories in Korea and Indonesia last year.

Chawrasia, whose last visit to Australia ended with a tied-22nd placing for India at the World Cup of Golf in November, will be looking to extend his winning record abroad after he clinched his first victory outside of India at the Philippines last year.

“The standard of golf in Asia is rising and we hope to put up a good show wherever we play.” – SSP Chawrasia.

“My win in the Philippines has given me the confidence in knowing that I have the capabilities to win anywhere in the world,” he said.

“The standard of golf in Asia is rising and we hope to put up a good show wherever we play,” added the five-time Asian Tour winner.

Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung, who delivered two half points for Team Asia at the EurAsia Cup last year will also be hoping to emerge as one of the top-24 players who will battle it out over a dramatic final day six-hole shoot-out.

Nicholas Fung of Malaysia

Nicholas Fung of Malaysia

Fung finished in a career high of 12th place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit after enjoying four top-10s last year and is hopeful of another opportunity to earn his maiden breakthrough on the Asian Tour.

“2016 has been a good season for me. While I may not have won a title last year, I remain positive and confident with myself. I’m sure I’ll be a winner one day,” said the Malaysian.

The ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth will also be headlined by Major champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa and Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen who have both emerged victorious at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club before.

The ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth is proudly supported by the West Australian Government via Tourism WA and is tri-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia.

About the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth

Headlined by World Number 10 Alex Noren, the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth is set to revolutionise tournament golf. To be played at Lake Karrinyup Country Club from 16-19 February, 2017 and tri-sanctioned by the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, Asian Tour and European Tour, the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth will combine 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 in a hole-by-hole play-off.

That player will then progress to the next round of the match play or, in the case of the final match, win the tournament.

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.

About the Asian Tour

As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), FENIX XCell (Official Apparel Supplier), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Sponsor), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official Business Publication Sponsor) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.

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About the European Tour

The European Tour celebrates men’s professional golf on a global stage. In 2016, the European Tour International Schedule features 47 tournaments in 27 countries, all part of the Race to Dubai, the year-long competition which crowns the European Tour Number One at the end of the season, a title claimed in 2015 by Rory McIlroy for the third time.

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The European Tour also manages the Challenge Tour, which features 28 tournaments in 22 countries in 2016, and the Senior Tour, which features 13 tournaments in nine countries in 2016. It is also the Managing Partner of Ryder Cup Europe, the body which, alongside the PGA of America, administers golf’s greatest team contest, The Ryder Cup.

The European Tour broadcasts live coverage of its tournaments to over 490 million homes in more than 150 countries every week, generating in excess of 2200 global broadcast hours for each event. It also enjoys the support of many of the world’s leading business brands with Rolex, BMW, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Emirates and Titleist as Official Partners.