Monday, September 25, 2017

Belgium to host stroke-play knock-

out event on 2018 European Tour
Thomas Pieters
Thomas Pieters (Getty Images)
The European Tour will return to Belgium for the first time in 18 years in 2018 when Thomas Pieters hosts the Belgian Knockout – an innovative new event which incorporates a head-to-head strokeplay knockout format – at Rinkven International Golf Club, Antwerp, from May 17-20.
Ryder Cup star Pieters, who claimed four points at Hazeltine National last year to become the most successful European rookie in the history of the biennial contest, unveiled the tournament, which will be part of the 2018 Race to Dubai, at a press conference in Antwerp today. 
The opening two rounds will follow a familiar stroke-play format for 36 holes, before the leading 64 players then go head-to-head in knock-out stroke-play matches contested over nine holes on the weekend to determine the winner.
“I think it’s going to be exciting,” said three-time European Tour winner Pieters, who finished fourth at the Olympic Games in Rio.
“We are going to see an innovative new format and it will make it really exciting for people who come along to watch and also for people watching it at home on TV.”

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