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PowerPlay Golf Launches This Bank Holiday

The golfing version of Twenty20 cricket hopes to have the same impact

Posted May 26, 2011 by Chris White

Celtic Manor will host the first Power Play Golf competition

The world of golf is about to change, forever. This Bank Holiday Monday sees the first in a series of three televised Power Play Golf competitions at Celtic Manor. Starting at 5pm on Monday, you will have the chance to watch golf transform right in front of your eyes, from a 6-hour, three-day competition, into a 3-hour shoot-out.

The Welsh club in the Usk Valley will feature 12 of the world’s top players – male and female – competing in a shortened version of the game, aimed at increasing live and television audiences. The Twenty Ten Course, which hosted last year’s Ryder Cup, will features two flags on 9 of its holes, one standard white pin, and one black ‘Power Play’ pin.

As Colin Montgomerie has said, “stand by for something special.” Players must attempt three Power Play shots on the first eight holes, with double points available for birdies or better, before the biggest decision they’ll make on the shortened round. The final hole is make-or-break for the players, as bogeying the last or worse, will result in a points deduction.

Former Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup winner Peter McEvoy, Dennis Piggins and Andy Hiseman, devised the tournament, sponsored by Saab. By shortening the game, it is aimed to become the golfing version of Twenty20 cricket by becoming more telegenic and spectator friendly, by lasting only three hours.

Some of the top players in the world will be taking part at Celtic Manor, including the male and female US Open Champions, Graeme McDowell and Paula Creamer, plus seven other players with over 300 Tour victories between them – Paul Casey, Ian Poulter, Gary Player, John Daly, Ian Woosnam, Thongchai Jaidee and Helen Alfredsson. Three Tour rookies will also be there trying to make names for themselves – Max Kieffer, Victor Dubuisson and Caroline Hedwall.

With organisers providing a prize fund of £350,000, of which £100,000 goes to the winner, 20% will be donated to a charity of the players’ choice.

American John Daly has given the competition his backing, saying “I love the idea of getting extra points for attempting tougher, riskier shots. Power Play Ignition is going to be a real blast and I can’t wait to give it a rip.”

Tickets for this first event are still available, and will also be on sale at the gates, priced at £15 for adults, £10 for seniors and free for under-16s, with sponsors Saab allowing free entry to spectators who arrive in one of their cars. Gates open at 2pm and the whole spectacle will be shown live on Sky Sports 3.

For more information, visit www.powerplay-golf.com, or telephone 01633 410318, or follow on Twitter @PowerPlayGolf.

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