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The PGA of Australia has launched a new tournament the likes of which has never before been seen on any major tour the world over. To be played at The Sands Torquay, scheduled for January 20-23, 2011, the Surf Coast Knockout (part of 2011 PGA Tour of Australasia schedule) is set to breathe new meaning into the age old golf saying, "The tournament doesn't begin until the back nine on Sunday."
In a world first, the first three rounds of the Surf Coast Knockout will be contested under stroke play conditions, while the winner will ultimately be decided on Sunday by a reduced match play format. The match play will be played over six holes only, with tied matches set to be decided by a 'knockout hole.' It will be televised to an international audience live on both Network Ten and OneHD.
In another first, the PGA has scheduled the tournament to finish in twilight hours, meaning the semi-finals and final will be broadcast live during prime time television in Australia. "The Surf Coast Knockout is a unique format that will challenge the traditional way in which golf tournaments are played and broadcast," said Max Garske, CEO of the PGA of Australia. "This exciting concept will take a shortened version of the game live on the final day to millions of viewers both in Australia and overseas, engaging a new golf audience, at the same time showcasing the magnificent Victorian Bellarine Peninsula."
A full PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit event, the allure of the innovative new concept has already gained substantial support from a number of key stakeholders including government, tourism bodies and a host of marquee tournament players.