GolfSixes - Meet the Teams
GolfSixes is returning for a second year at Centurion Club in St Albans, presenting a fun showcase for both the European and LET Tours, with a collection of paired teams competing for the title over two days. Featuring national duos, and for the first time women pairings, not to mention a mixed partnership of Thomas Bjorn and Catriona Matthew, reflecting their status as Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup captains.
Last season's event was a success and popular addition, and thousands of fans both young and old are expected to attend during the weekend for what promises to be an enjoyable two days.
The format brings together 16 teams competing over six holes in a group stage, with the pairings split into four groups of four, leading to the top two teams from each group progressing to the knockout stages – the quarter-finals, semi-finals, a third/fourth place play-off match and the final.
Denmark – Lucas Bjerregaard and Thorbjorn Olesen
Last year's winners, the 26-year-old Bjerregaard is the reigning Portugal Masters champion, while Olesen has four European Tour victories to his name, including the 2016 Turkish Airlines Open.
Thailand – Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Thongchai Jaidee
Fan favourite, Aphibarnrat won the unique Perth Super 6 in Australia back in February, while the Thai veteran Jaidee is an eight-time winner on the European Tour.
USA – Daniel Im and David Lipsky
Two Americans making their way in Europe, David Lipsky won the 2014 Omega European Masters, while Daniel Im has picked up a title on the Challenge Tour.
European Women – Carlota Ciganda and Mel Reid
Ciganda has played in three Solheim Cups, and won titles on both the LET and LPGA Tour. England's Mel Reid has also been a regular for Europe, and has eight victories on the circuit.
Australia – Sam Brazel and Wade Ormsby
The two Australians are the two most recent winners of the UBS Hong Kong Open, and bring together considerable experience, despite both not being prolific champions on the circuit.
South Korea – Jeunghun Wang and Soomin Lee
Two young players from South Korea that could be a strong outside bet, Jeunghun Wang is a three-time winner on the European Tour, while Soomin Lee was triumphant at the Shenzen International in 2016.
Spain – Pablo Larrazabal and Adrian Otaegui
It's been ten years since Pablo Larrazabal won the Open de France, and he's been a regular contender since, while Adrian Otaegui won the Paul Lawrie Match Play last season, and recently finished second at the Volvo China Open.
European Captains – Thomas Bjorn and Catriona Matthew
Making history, the Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup captains bring together considerable experience. The Dane has 15 European Tour victories to his name - and three runner-up finishes in majors - while the Scot is the most tenured player in Solheim Cup history, and memorably won the Women's British Open in 2009.
France – Alexander Levy and Romain Wattel
Many pundits will tip this pairing to be successful, as Alex Levy is a form player on the circuit, winning the recent Trophee Hassan II. The 27-year-old Wattel is the reigning KLM Open champion, winning back in 2017.
Italy – Matteo Manassero and Renato Paratore
Former BMW PGA champion, Manassero is still only 25, having achieved a stunning amount during his early years on tour, while 21-year-old Paratore won the Nordea Masters in Sweden last June.
Scotland – Scott Jamieson and Richie Ramsay
Both 34, the Scots have combined for four victories on the European Tour, and Ramsay will be hoping to better than last year's semi-final spot with Marc Warren.
Ireland – Paul Dunne and Gavin Moynihan
British Masters champion, Paul Dunne is one of the game's rising stars, while Dublin's Moynihan is a 2017 Challenge Tour graduate onto the main circuit.
England – Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace
27-year-old Pepperell enjoyed his winning breakthrough on the European Tour at the Qatar Masters, while Matt Wallace has enjoyed a stunning rise in recent years and now has two titles on the main circuit to his name.
South Africa – George Coetzee and Haydn Porteous
The 31-year-old Coetzee has four European Tour victories under his belt, while the younger Porteous most recently won the Czech Masters.
Sweden – Alexander Bjork and Joakim Lagergren
Winner of the recent Volvo China Open, Bjork is partnerning the 26-year-old Lagergren, who finished third at last month's Trophee Hassan II.
England Women – Georgia Hall and Charley Hull
The 22-year-old Hall was a star of the Solheim Cup, and is making her way on the LPGA Tour, after a brilliant year on the LET that included a third place in the Women's British Open at Kingsbarns. Hull is a three-time veteran of the Solheim Cup and has won both sides of the Atlantic.
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