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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

It's GolfSixes Time Again!

I like to do posts about the GolfSixes event every year because it's an unusual format that's really fun to watch.

Defending champions Team Ireland, Paul Dunne and Gavin Moynihan

This year's GolfSixes will be held at Oitavos Dunes Golf Club, which is part of the Portuguese coastal resort of Cascais. It's a two-day event played on Friday and Saturday, June 7-8, using a modified Greensomes match play format for six-hole matches, hence the name. I did a post on the Greensomes format a couple of years back, and the extra links in that post still work, so that's a good place to start if you don't understand what this is all about.

At its simplest, each member of the two-player teams hits a drive. They pick the drive they like best, and it's alternate shot from there. The team with the lowest score wins the hole and goes one-up, just like any other match play event. Here's a link to the five things the ET wants you to know about the event.

There are sixteen two-player teams competing, in four-team pool play, and one of the fun aspects of this tournament is that both male and female teams play against each other. (In fact, Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn and Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew competed as a team last year.) You can learn about all of this year's teams at this link.

The defending champions are Team Ireland are Paul Dunne and Gavin Moynihan, who are back to defend.

According to pgatour.com, the TV times are:
  • Friday: 6am to noon ET on GC
  • Saturday: 6am to 12:30pm ET on GC
In my opinion -- and yes, I say this every year but I mean it -- the GolfSixes event is one of the most innovative and entertaining events we see all year. Check it out!

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