Fans could get a whole new insight into golfing dummy spits this week after players agreed to be mic’d up during the World Super 6 Perth at Lake Karrinyup.
In what will be a first for Australian golf, featured players will interact with the Fox Sports commentary team during their rounds of the innovative Perth tournament, which starts on Thursday.
T20 cricket regularly features players who are mic’d up, and the concept has been a huge hit among fans.
The World Super 6 Perth is tri-sanctioned by the European Tour, Asian Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia.
If the in-round player interviews are a success, the concept could become a regular feature at other golf events around the world.
“Golf needs to continue to innovate to stay relevant in the modern market,” said Gavin Kirkman, the chief executive of PGA of Australia.
“This is the first time this has ever been done in golf in Australia.
“This type of content has seen the broadcast of cricket enhanced dramatically. Fans love hearing from the players during the heat of the battle on the field of play.
“But it also helps the players express their personalities and enhance their reputations. This is a great initiative for everyone involved.”
The World Super 6 Perth is already an experimental tournament that could pave the way for other tournaments around the world to change their formats.
After 54 holes of traditional stroke play across the first three days, the best-performed 24 players will battle it out in a knockout match play format for the final round.
During that final round, players will battle it out in a series of six-hole shootouts. The loser is eliminated, while the winner progresses to the next round.
If scores are tied after a shootout, the two players will battle it out on a purpose-built, 90m playoff hole.
Originally, tournament organisers wanted the playoff hole to be a closest-to-the-pin contest, but that bid was rejected by World Golf’s governing body.
The tournament was dealt a blow this week when drawcard Tyrrell Hatton withdrew because of a wrist injury.