GolfSixes is a real knock-out

 

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THE home sides stole the show in a thrilling day of GolfSixes action as England’s men and women both advanced to today’s knockout stages at Centurion Club.

Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace defeated South Africa in their final match to top Group D, following Georgia Hall and Charley Hull who advanced on the holes won rule after a narrow defeat to Sweden just a few minutes earlier.

The England women, who began their first GolfSixes experience with a draw against Pepperell and Wallace, will face Group C winners Ireland at the quarter final stage on Sunday. Meanwhile, a clash against the French pair of Mike Lorenzo-Vera and Romain Wattel awaits the England men.

The European Tour broke new ground yet again at the innovative event, with men’s and women’s teams, and a mixed pairing of Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjørn and his Solheim Cup counterpart Catriona Matthew, all taking part in a format which saw 16 pairs take each other on in greensomes match play over six holes in a round robin, with the top two teams in each group advancing to Sunday’s quarter-finals.

The European Women team of Carlota Ciganda and Mel Reid had earlier pulled off a memorable result, defeating defending champions Denmark in a play-off to finish second in Group A behind the Thai pairing of Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Thongchai Jaidee.

Australia’s Sam Brazel and Wade Ormsby won Group B to set up a quarter final clash with the European Women, while Thailand face an all-Asia clash against runners-up Soomin Lee and Jeunghun Wang of South Korea.

Eddie Pepperell said: “We had a good, tough match with the girls and were just relieved to not lose that.  Then the second game, we played a bit scrappy at the end.  But we really wanted to be here tomorrow, so now that we are, it’s going to be great.

“It’s been great.  Every time someone has been asked who is their favourite golfer, all I keep hearing is Georgia or Charley, so hopefully by the end of tomorrow, they will be saying Matt, because he’s my favourite golfer.”

Matt Wallace added: “Really happy to top the group and get through. It’s nice to play with this guy. Playing against the girls this morning, well, we hit some terrible golf shots on the first hole but then we slowly got into and started to realise everyone out there was having a lot of fun.

“What a fantastic day. Great fun. Nice to play alongside this chap here, it was a pleasure and it was really nice.  The crowds were great and the weather is fantastic.”

Georgia Hall said:  It’s been a great day, long day.  Me and Charley played really well and we got a bit unlucky in the last match, but we’re through and we’re excited for tomorrow. We’ll pretty much just do what we done today.  Enjoy it and take it one shot at a time.

Charley Hull agreed:  It’s been great fun.  I just feel good vibes from this event. It’s really good because you see so many children and women and everyone around and the weather is perfect.  I think it’s a really good event for golf.

Mel Reid added: “It’s huge for women’s golf. I have absolute faith in our partnership and we would have been disappointed not to get through to Sunday. My sister would have killed me because she only just arrived.

“A shame for Denmark to go out with a three putt on the last but we’re very, very happy.  It’s great for women’s golf. I think this is a huge opportunity to showcase women’s golf. We don’t get the coverage and we don’t get as supported as I feel like we should. An event like this is huge for us.  Hopefully a few more people will want to take up the game of golf now because they see how passionate we are about it. We have a lot of fun out there. I can’t stop having fun with this one. That’s what it’s all about.”

Download the final standings after day one here: GOLFSIXES – GROUP RESULTS

And the match schedule for day two can be found here: GOLFSIXES – KNOCK-OUT ROUNDS

 

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