India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar believes the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth will take the game to a whole new level when the AUD$1.75 million event tees off at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club in a fortnight.
Moving away from the traditional four-day stroke play format, the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth will combine 54 holes of traditional stroke play across the first three days with an exciting knockout match play format for the fourth and final round.
Bhullar, a seven-time Asian Tour winner, has been on impressive form of late. He ended a three-year title drought with victories in Korea and Indonesia last year and is ready to excel again under the revolutionary format which will make its debut at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth.
“It’s going to be an interesting format. With the matchplay on Sunday, it’s going to be a quick entry and exit to the finals. I’m really excited and hopeful that I can be in the field by Sunday.
“From the fans’ point of view, this format will really be exciting. Golf, as with all sports, is about entertainment and I think that is a great move by the sponsors,” said the Indian.
Bhullar’s last match-play outing ended on a victorious note when he defeated Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen at the 2014 EurAsia Cup and he cannot wait to extend that proud record again at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth.
“I haven’t been involved in a match-play since the EurAsia Cup in 2014 but I have a good track record in matchplay and I would like to continue that same form.
“I really enjoyed playing at Lake Karrinyup which is by far one of the best golf courses we have played in a long time,” said the 28 year-old.
Thailand’s Pavit Tangkalmoprasert, who earned his maiden breakthrough in Macau last year, is also excited about the format despite having limited matchplay experience.
The rising Thai star only has to look back at his play-off victory to provide that assurance he can come out tops.
“I’m looking forward to the new format. It should be fun. I’ve never played a match-play format since my amateur days. It’s just you against your opponent and not against the rest of the entire field. You just have to focus on beating him.
“It’s just like my play-off with Anirban Lahiri in Macau. It’s not about the number of birdies you make, you just have to play better than him.
While hoping to emerge as one of the top-24 players who will battle it out over a dramatic final day six-hole shoot-out, Pavit is also aware of the need to hit the ball consistency well in his first 54 holes of stroke play.
“I expect the course to be long and windy and I hope to strike the ball well when I get over there. You got to hit the ball longer,” said Pavit.
The ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth is proudly supported by the West Australian Government via Tourism WA and is tri-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia.