Thomas Pieters has revealed he took inspiration from One Direction’s Niall Horan with regard to the format for this week’s inaugural Belgian Knockout in Antwerp. The tournament begins with two days in which the 144-man field play regulation strokeplay to establish the top 64, who will play nine-hole matches under a hybrid strokeplay-matchplay format over the weekend. Three rounds of knockout matches, under strokeplay rules, take place on Saturday before the quarter-finals, semi-final, and final take place on Sunday. “I liked it, because I saw some interesting finishes, because it’s not over until the final hole, because it’s strokeplay-matchplay. Spieth, yet to win a tournament in 2018, last month came joint-third at the Houston Open, then third at the Masters.
Source: Irish Examiner May 16, 2018 23:03 UTC