GolfSixes guide: players, teams, tee times, tickets and how it works
Featuring male and female golfers, the team event is this weekend at the Centurion Club in St Albans
The second edition of the European Tour’s GolfSixes event takes place at the Centurion Club in St Albans from 5 to 6 May.
Sixteen two-player teams will compete for the GolfSixes trophy, which was won in 2017 by Thorbjorn Olesen and Lucas Bjerregaard. The Danish duo return to the Centurion Club to defend their title and start with a group match against Thailand on Saturday.
History will be made when European Ryder Cup skipper Thomas Bjorn and his Solheim Cup counterpart Catriona Matthew partner in the Captains team. It is the first time in European Tour history that male and female professional golfers play together in a competitive match play format.
Another group match to watch out for is the clash between England and England Women on Saturday (12.04pm tee-off). Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace will face England Women stars Georgia Hall and Charley Hull.
In this guide we look at how the GolfSixes tournament works, the format, teams, players, matches and tee times.
2018 GolfSixes event guide
When is the 2018 GolfSixes?
The event starts on Saturday 5 May with three sessions in the group stages. Then on Sunday 6 May there is a knockout format with quarter-finals and semi-finals played before the 3rd/4th play-off and final.
Where is it held?
The Centurion Club in St Albans near London will host the tournament.
Are GolfSixes tickets still available?
Yes. Adult daily tickets cost £16 and child tickets cost £5. See Eventbrite.com for more information.
What TV channel is showing the event?
Sky Sports Golf will broadcast live from midday on Saturday and Sunday from the Centurion Club.
GolfSixes format: how it works
The 16 country teams will have two players each. Games are played in a six-hole match play format. Saturday’s group stages - four groups of four teams - will see the pairs compete for the top two positions in order to qualify for Sunday’s knockout rounds.
How points are won
In Saturday’s group stage matches three points will be awarded to the winning team, one point for a draw and zero for a defeat. The European Tour website says that if any of Sunday’s matches are tied then a “specially constructed play-off hole” will be used. If the match is still level it will be settled by a “closest to the pin challenge on the same hole”.
GolfSixes players, teams and groups
- Denmark: Lucas Bjerregaard and Thorbjorn Olesen (defending champions)
- Thailand: Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Thongchai Jaidee
- USA: Daniel Im and David Lipsky
- European Women: Carlota Ciganda and Mel Reid
- Australia: Sam Brazel and Wade Ormsby
- South Korea: Jeunghun Wang and Soomin Lee
- Spain: Pablo Larrazabal and Adrian Otaegui
- European Captains: Thomas Bjorn and Catriona Matthew
- France: Mike Lorenzo-Vera and Romain Wattel
- Italy: Edoardo Molinari and Renato Paratore
- Scotland: Scott Jamieson and Richie Ramsay
- Ireland: Paul Dunne and Gavin Moynihan
- England: Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace
- South Africa: George Coetzee and Haydn Porteous
- Sweden: Alexander Bjork and Joakim Lagergren
- England Women: Georgia Hall and Charley Hull
GolfSixes matches and tee times
Saturday’s action will feature three sessions of group matches. Sunday will see the knockout matches and finals. Sunday’s final tees off at 4.35pm.
Saturday group fixtures - session one tee times
- 10.52am: USA vs. European Women
- 11.04am: Denmark vs. Thailand
- 11.16am: Australia vs. South Korea
- 11.28am: Spain vs. Captains
- 11.40am: France vs. Italy
- 11.52am: Scotland vs. Ireland
- 12.04pm: England vs. England Women
- 12.16pm: South Africa vs. Sweden
Saturday group fixtures - session two tee times
- 12.35pm: Denmark vs. European Women
- 12.47pm: Thailand vs. USA
- 12.59pm: Australia vs. Captains
- 1.11pm: South Korea vs. Spain
- 1.23pm: France vs. Ireland
- 1.35pm: Scotland vs. Italy
- 1.47pm: South Africa vs. England Women
- 1.59pm: England vs. Sweden
Saturday group fixtures - session three tee times
- 3.17pm: Thailand vs. European Women
- 3.29pm: Denmark vs. USA
- 3.41pm: South Korea vs. Captains
- 3.53pm: Australia vs. Spain
- 4.05pm: France vs. Scotland
- 4.17pm: Italy vs. Ireland
- 4.29pm: Sweden vs. England Women
- 4.41pm: England vs. South Africa
Sunday knockout matches: quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals
- 12.40pm: QF1 Winner A vs. Runner-up B
- 12.55pm: QF2 Winner C vs. Runner-up D
- 1.10pm: QF3 Winner B vs. Runner-up A
- 1.25pm: QF4 Winner D vs. Runner-up C
- 2.35pm: SF1 Winner QF1 vs. Winner QF2
- 2.50pm: SF2 Winner QF3 vs. Winner QF4
- 4.20pm: 3rd/4th Play-off Runner-up SF1 vs. Runner-up SF2
- 4.35pm: Final - Winner SF1 vs. Winner SF2