European Golf: French have six appeal

The European Tour is trying something new this weekend, with the introduction of Golf Sixes at the Centurion Club, St. Albans, just north of London.

Sixteen teams, consisting of two players, have been drawn into groups of four, and will play round robin on Saturday. Each match consists of just six holes, with both players teeing off and then playing from the best drive. Sunday will see the top two teams from each group play knockout matches.

This is the golfing equivalent of T20 cricket, and designed to make the event speedy and viewer friendly. However, it’s just a windmill short of crazy golf, and from a betting point of view it does make it something of a lottery.

The English pair, Chris Wood & Andy Sullivan, are rightly favourites given home turf and the best combined ranking.  That advantage should tell over the course of the group stage matches and propel them to the quarters. However then the opposition will be stronger and the short knockout format will erode any advantages. As such 5/1 has to be too short.

Whilst respecting the appealing Thai partnership of Jaidee and Aphibarnrat, we prefer the Gallic charms of French pair Alexander Levy and Gregory “Birdie” Bourdy.

Levy comes here hotfoot from doing this blog a huge favour in winning the China Open, whilst Bourdy himself played well in China the week before. The pair are close friends, and have both the game and the relaxed attitude to perform well in the circus atmosphere.

Not a format to lump on with heavy stakes, but we’ll give France a chance…

Recommendation: France to win, 8/1 generally available

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