Since Canadian Keith Pelley joined the European Tour as its chief executive, he has said that he is committed to bringing in new fans, new sponsors and raising the stature of the tour.
He certainly has raised eyebrows with some of his moves so far, including last week’s World Super 6 in Australia. which began with three rounds of stroke play followed by six-hole match play competitions that will decide the winner.
Six-hole matches will also be a part of the GolfSixes event taking place in May in England, a competition featuring two-man teams, pyrotechnics, music and players on microphones to connect players with fans.
As this story in the Daily Mail in the U.K. points out, Pelley told Reuters that golf is as much entertainment for the fans as it is sport and such events will attract a new generation of fans over the traditional four rounds of stroke play.
Do you agree?
Is Pelley on the right track or has he gone too far with such events?
That’s the topic of this week’s GNN Poll.
You can vote below or on the GNN home page and, as always, feel free to offer your thoughts in the Comments section below.
What’s your reaction to non-traditional events such as the World Super 6 and GolfSixes and use of pyrotechnics and music being introduced to the European Tour by Canadian chief executive Keith Pelley?
- Just give him a chance and see what happens. (53%)
- Great ideas to lure new fans, sponsors. (33%)
- It’s turns the game into a circus. (14%)