Golfers sweat on World Super 6 future

Australia's world No.76 Lucas Herbert is keen to see the World Super 6 Perth continue.
Australia's world No.76 Lucas Herbert is keen to see the World Super 6 Perth continue.

Australian golfer Lucas Herbert hopes the World Super 6 Perth won't be killed off, but admits tournament organisers face a tricky task attracting the game's best players.

The quirky Perth tournament is entering the final year of its original three-year deal, with no guarantees the event will survive beyond 2019.

The $1.6 million tournament features three rounds of normal stroke play, before the top 24 players battle it out in a series of elimination six-hole shootouts on the final day.

Players who have featured at the event have been supportive of the format, acknowledging the need for golf to experiment and be innovative.

But tournament organisers have struggled to attract some of the world's best talent, with this year's field particularly lacking.

World No.55 Tom Lewis and world No.79 Thomas Pieters are two of the tournament's biggest names this year, with Herbert, Geoff Ogilvy, Jason Scrivener, and Andrew Johnston among the other drawcard players.

Herbert believes the potential for the Perth tournament is big, and he wants to see it continue.

"I would love this tournament to go ahead for the next 10 years," Herbert said of the event, which is tri-sanctioned by the European Tour, the Asian Tour, and the Tour of Australasia.

"The crowds will be out, definitely last year playing against Kiradech (Aphibarnrat) we had really good followings.

"And it's a great way to showcase Perth as well. All the players and all the spectators have an amazing time here.

"This is such a great tournament. We look forward to it every year, so fingers crossed it gets signed again and we're playing here more and more."

Herbert said luring the world's best players was the No.1 challenge for tournament organisers.

"Nowadays the top 50 in the world are pretty hard to get out to any events," Herbert said.

"With Mexico being next week, it's tough for those guys (to come to Perth).

"I don't think you could get further away from Mexico than Perth, so as far as travelling schedule goes, not many want to come here, and we don't have the budget to pay them the money they're going to be asking."

World No.76 Herbert finished third at last year's World Super 6 Perth, and he hopes he can win the title this time around.

Australian Associated Press