• Has proposed the suggestion of a night golf event next year
• But one leading European Tour pro branded the move 'useless'
KEITH PELLEY | EUROPEAN TOUR
Another week, another idea from European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley, as he tries to revolutionise the game.
This time, it’s night golf, which Pelley hopes to introduce in some form at the 2017 Turkish Airlines Open, refusing to rule out the possibility of it being incorporated into a standard four-round format.
"Nothing is impossible" - Keith Pelley
“I would say nothing is impossible,” Keith Pelley, who has already done his utmost to try and shake-up golf to make it more appealing to a wider audience, told the Daily Mail.
“We have to do something with that night golf. I played six holes under the lights the other night and it was spectacular. It was incredible. We will definitely do something live under the lights next year.
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“I think you would get buy-in from 95% of the players – it is different with the shadows and if somebody’s eyesight is not 100% they might push back.
“But we will definitely have a competition for money under the lights next year. It will be some kind of competition.”
"You would get buy-in from 95% of the players" - Keith Pelley
This is the latest in a long line of ideas from the Canadian, who assumed his position at the helm of the European Tour in the middle of 2015.
So far, he’s introduced shorts to practice rounds – which has gone down very well – and the ‘Beat the Pro’ at the par-3 14th hole at the KLM Open, where amateurs were able to play against the pros in a closest to the pin competition.
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The inaugural Hero Challenge was played on the Tuesday night before this year’s British Masters, featuring eight European Tour pros battling it out head-to-head under the floodlights at a specially constructed par-3.
Then there is the World Super 6 Perth that debuts in February, featuring 54 holes of strokeplay before the final 24 players battle it out in a final day six-hole matchplay shoot-out.
"That would be a useless idea" - Danny Willett
But this latest idea doesn’t seem to sit well with Masters champion Danny Willett, who baulked at the suggestion of playing a European Tour event at night.
“That would be a useless idea,” he said. “It would be okay for a giggle but not for a real tournament.”
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