May 7th, 2017
Golf Has Been Asleep At The Wheel
Richie Ramsay lays down the law...
Words: Tim Southwell Photography: Getty Images
It's hard to find solid ground for disagreeing with the Scotsman. While other sports (cricket, football) have turned themselves inside out in order to 'get contemporary' and relevant to millenials, golf has pretty much plodded along, drifting further away from the good old days when people knew their place and the sun never set without permission first. Anyway, this is what Richie had to say ahead of this weekend's inaugural Golf Sixes at the Centurion Club in St Albans, where teams of two play over a six–hole greensomes format:
"A lot of different bodies have not been doing anything. They say 'this is a problem and that is a problem', but you have to take action. This (GolfSixes) is different and it's been a long time in coming.
"I'm not going to turn round and say GolfSixes is the answer to solving golf's problems, but it's a step in the right direction," said Ramsay, who qualified for today's GolfSixes quarter finals alongside compatriot Marc Warren. "Hopefully we can take the good things from this and make it work."
Sixteen teams, each representing their country, are split into groups of four, with the top two in each group advancing to Sunday's quarter-finals, with the semis and final following on the same day.
The greensomes format sees both players tee off, with one ball then being chosen and alternate shots taken.
Each of the six holes has a theme, including a long–drive contest, nearest to the pin and a 40–second shot clock.
The European Tour has offered a prize fund of 1m euros (£850,000) for the event. Nice.