PowerPlay Represents Golfing Twenty20 Equivalent

April 14, 2011

Golf is set to be the next sport to gain a Twenty20 style revamp following the launch of PowerPlay Golf, a new format designed to increase the appeal of the sport, with the first event teeing-off in May.

Hailed as golf’s equivalent to Twenty20 cricket, a format which has taken the sport’s world reach and appeal by storm, PowerPlay Golf is a new short form of the game – played over nine holes, with two flags on every green, golfers use a limited number of ‘PowerPlays’ to score extra points when aiming at the harder Black Flag, creating exciting risk-and-reward decisions on each tee.

Taking place next month, PowerPlay Golf: Ignition is the first of a series of three televised professional golf tournaments, to be broadcast live worldwide in 2011 during a week of golf at Celtic Manor, involving the European Tour’s Wales Open.

Among the field of 12 players competing on Bank Holiday Monday 30th May will be Gary Player, reigning US Open Champions Graeme McDowell and Paula Creamer, Ryder Cup stars Paul Casey and Ian Poulter, and Major Championship winners John Daly, Ian Woosnam and Helen Alfredsson.

PowerPlay Golf spokesman and victorious Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie, said: “Stand by for something very special. Golf around the world is about to discover a new dimension.” 

In the UK, PowerPlay Golf: Ignition will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, along with dozens of other global TV networks. Working together with international sports marketing giants IMG, PowerPlay Golf will stage its second and third PowerPlay Golf events in Asia on 7th November and in the United States on 25th November.