New format on European Tour in Cyprus Showdown

Next month's Cyprus Showdown will break new ground with a first-of-its-kind format on the European Tour as the 16 leading players and ties after two cuts go head-to-head in a final round shootout.

Monday, 12th October 2020, 10:49 am
Updated Monday, 12th October 2020, 10:51 am
Aphrodite Hills, near Paphos, is hosting both the Cyprus Open and the Cyprus Showdown next month on the European Tour. Picture: European Tour
Aphrodite Hills, near Paphos, is hosting both the Cyprus Open and the Cyprus Showdown next month on the European Tour. Picture: European Tour

The second of two consecutive events on the island at Aphrodite Hills from 5-8 November, the Cyprus Showdown will feature a 105-man field for the first two rounds of stroke-play as normal.

The top 32 players and ties progress to Saturday’s shootout with their scores reset, with the same thing happening for the final round involving the top 16 players as they battle it out over the concluding 18 holes for the €200,000 first prize.

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“The European Tour has been a pioneer of innovative new formats in recent years, so we welcome ISM’s ambition in bringing a new format to the European Tour as we make our first visit to the island of Cyprus," said Ben Cowen, the European Tour’s deputy chief operating officer.

“Not only do these events help give valuable playing opportunities to our members, but we are able to showcase the nation of Cyprus and the excellent PGA National Cyprus Golf Course at Aphrodite Hills which will host us over the two weeks.

“This exciting format will undoubtedly add to that spotlight and we are confident it be wholly enjoyed by our global television audience, bringing an exciting and dramatic conclusion to our fortnight in Paphos.”

GolfSixes has been the main innovative event introduced on the European Tour in recent seasons, with various match-play formats also being rolled out.

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