Welcome to PowerPlay golf
Monday afternoon sees a new version of golf as we know it, which hopes to transform the game in a shortened points-based version.
In an attempt to do recreate the success of Twenty20 cricket and Rugby Sevens, golfing great Peter McEvoy came up with a high-entertainment version of the well-loved sport and we've got all the prices in our PowerPlay golf betting market.
PowerPlay golf uses a modified Stableford points system, but with key to this PowerPlay version of the game is the use of TWO PINS on each of the NINE HOLES.
White Pin: the easier pin
Black Pin: the more difficult ‘PowerPlay' pin.
Each player has the option to go for the harder PowerPlay pin on three occasion in the first eight holes, going for the harder pin means more points for pars, birdies and eagles.
On the ninth hole - the final hole - players can opt for the black PowerPlay pin should they wish, but with the added risk: a bogey or worse on the final hole results in a loss of points.
The back-nine of the 2010 Course at Celtic Manor will host the event.
The PowerPlay Rules
Two holes are cut on each putting green, one with a white flag and one with a black flag. The ‘White Flag' hole location is considered easy to play, and the ‘Black Flag' hole location is considered difficult to play.
Taking a ‘PowerPlay' means playing to the Black Flag.
A player must take exactly three PowerPlays in the first eight holes, and their marker must mark their scorecard by circling the three holes on which they take a PowerPlay. A scorecard on which a player has not marked exactly three PowerPlays in the first eight holes is deemed to be in-valid, and the player will be disqualified from the event.
A player must play to the White Flag when not taking a PowerPlay.
Players must nominate their PowerPlays before the tee shot. A PowerPlay nominated after the tee shot is in-valid. Once nominated, and the tee shot taken, a PowerPlay cannot be withdrawn.
On the ninth hole, players can take a bonus ‘PowerPlay', at greater risk.
Scoring in PowerPlay Golf Strokeplay is by the Stableford points system.
When taking a PowerPlay (ie: playing to the Black Flag), players score double points for a Net Birdie or better. Scoring is therefore as follows:
The PowerPlay Points System
- Net Bogey 1 point
- Net Par 2 points
- Net Birdie 6 points
- Net Eagle 8 points
- Net Albatross/Double Eagle 10 points
When not on a PowerPlay (ie: playing to the White Flag), players score according to the normal Stableford system.
If taking a bonus PowerPlay on the ninth hole, players scores in the The Powerplay Points System, except that their score is deducted two points if they score a Net Bogey or worse. IE: players score -2 points rather than 1 point for a Net Bogey.
7/2 Graeme McDowell
4/1 Paul Casey
4/1 Ian Poulter
6/1 Thongchai Jaidee
9/1 John Daly
11/1 Victor Dubuisson
12/1 Paula Creamer
14/1 Max Kieffer
20/1 Ian Woosnam
28/1 Caroline Hedwall
40/1 Helen Alfredsson
100/1 Gary Player
1/5 Odds Place 1,2,3