World Super 6 Perth: The Rundown

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The second edition of the European Tour's World Super 6 tournament is on this week; Here's what you need to know.

The innovative World Super 6 Perth tournament is the only event in European Tour history which has featured a combination of match play and stroke play, and is played at Lake Karringyup GC in Perth, Australia. 

Defending champion and home favourite Brett Rumford made all the headlines last year by leading all three days of stroke play before taking the title on Sunday - a victory made more memorable as it secured the European Tour playing rights he had just lost. 

The Perth native comes in to this year's contest with a best finish of T12 in his last seven starts, and said he feels a lot less pressure this time around. 

"After missing my card last year there was definitely a greater incentive to win this week but there's winning and there's also winning in front of your home state as well.

"That put greater pressure on me as well, so there's a lot of factors that I was really proud of for winning last year. This year I feel as though there's definitely a bit more pressure off the shoulders and I can just go out and just play. Hopefully my best golf can prevail again.

"I'm not taking anything from last year. I played great golf and if I can replicate what I did last year in terms of my form coming into this event, then I'll give myself another good chance of winning."

The Format

For the first 36 holes, 156 players will compete, with the top 65 and ties progressing after a cut. A further cut after round three will see the field size reduced to 24, with a sudden-death play-off taking place if required to reach this number.

The fourth and final round is a six-hole match play knockout format – the 24 players are eventually reduced down to two, from which the winner will be decided.

How to watch

Thursday | Friday | Saturday: Sky Sports Main Event (05:00), Sky Sports Golf (05:00)
Sunday: Sky Sports Main Event (04:00), Sky Sports Golf (04:00)

Who to watch

Brett Rumford: A Perth native and the defending champion, Rumford has a best finish of T12 in his last seven starts and one missed cut. Led wire-to-wire with three rounds of 66, 65, and 68 in 2017 before beating Phachara Khongwatmai 2 and 1.

Ryan Fox: He narrowly missed out on his first European Tour victory at last week's Maybank Championship, finishing T3 (his second top 5 finish in four starts). He was T25 here last year.   

Hideto Tanihara: Coming off from a 5th place finish at the Maybank Championship. Tanihara was 15th here last year, and was T9 in the more recent ISPS Handa Match-Play. 

Kiradech Aphibarnrat: His first start here, but with four top 10s and a victory in his last seven starts, one to watch this week. T27 last week.   

Andrew 'Beef' Johnston: Having been playing much more European Tour events this year, Beef has finished T27-T45-T9 in his last three starts. First time here, but is hoping the innovative format will suit his game. 

"You've got to play well in the first 54 holes, I think you've got to play aggressive and if you can get in to the match play anything can happen so it's completely different but I think it'll be good fun."

Lee Westwood: Westy finished T11 last week, and with 10 Ryder Cups under his belt he's got a lot of match-play experience. Was T17 in his last match-play start - the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play, so we think his game might be perfectly suited to this format.