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Six-hole golf floated for European Tour

AAP logoAAP 27/07/2016

Golf's European Tour chief is floating the idea of a shorter, six-hole tournament format to attract a younger audience.

Keith Pelley said a short-form version of the game would open a new market, drawing inspiration from the success of cricket's T20 format.

"Golf has to be a little more open to letting the youth actually participate," Pelley told BBC Radio this week.

"Let's be honest - and scientific data proves this - attention spans are decreasing as opposed to increasing and it's completely different when the choice people have to consume content now is so different than it was 35 to 40 years ago.

"From our perspective, we are looking to create a format that would be six holes.

That could be an hour, an hour-and-a-half content program which would be very entertaining."

The Canadian said the new format would probably see national teams competing against each other over 90 minutes, with music and time clocks on the fairways.

"We'd like to experiment ... in 2017 and maybe roll it out in 2018. It's still in the infancy stages of being developed.

Pelley stressed the traditional 72-hole format would always hold its place on the tour "in some form".

"If you're not prepared to change, if you're not prepared to be innovative, if you're not prepared to take chances, then I do believe that the sports that aren't will fall behind," Pelley said.

"If you catapult ahead 10 or 15 years, the game of golf will be consumed completely differently and there will be different formats," Pelley said.

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