Hero Challenge under the lights at the British Masters
The Stars of the European Tour will go head-to-head under floodlights in an innovative, fast-paced one-hole knockout contest – the Hero Challenge – which takes place at The Grove on October 11. The inaugural Hero Challenge will take place on Tuesday night of the British Masters supported by Sky Sports and it will be televised live on Sky Sports from 7.30pm-8.30pm.
In addition to being the title sponsor of the Hero Challenge, the New Delhi (India)-based motorcycle major Hero MotoCorp has also become an Official Partner of the British Masters supported by Sky Sports.
Tickets to watch the action at The Grove are FREE via www.applausestore.com.
Featuring eight players, in seven quick-fire head-to-head straight knockout matches, the last man standing will be crowned champion, with the entire contest concluded in less than an hour.
It is one of a number of innovations planned for the tournament week which with the aim of attracting new audiences to the game of golf. British Masters host Luke Donald, the former World and European Number One, will be part of the eight-man field, while the entertainment on the night will also include a one-hole celebrity shootout featuring TV personality Piers Morgan, and cricketers Kevin Pietersen and Shane Warne.
Donald said: “This is another great way of getting new fans to engage with our sport and to showcase golf as a form of entertainment, which is something we are really trying to emphasise with this year’s British Masters.
“I think the players will enjoy the fast-paced format of the Hero Challenge, but more importantly, I think the fans will really get into it as it will be something new and different.”
Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said: “It is vital that golf introduces shorter formats to appeal to new audiences and this one-hole straight knockout contest will provide fast-paced entertainment, whilst showcasing the considerable skill of our players.
“Last year’s British Masters introduced some terrific innovations, ranging from live masterclasses to on-course interviews, and the Hero Challenge will be another exciting new concept for our fans.”
Mr. Pawan Munjal, Chairman, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Hero MotoCorp, said: “The Hero Challenge promises to be an exciting new concept and we are delighted to be helping to bring this to fans at The Grove as well as millions of viewers watching on TV. We’ve had plenty of drama in the first two editions of the Hero Indian Open, and this one-hole format will guarantee some great action and crowd interaction.”
The participants will showcase their skills on The Grove’s 18th hole, which will be turned into a specially constructed par three hole under the lights.
For the professionals, the winners from the four opening round matches will progress through to two semi-finals with the subsequent two winners contesting a final head-to-head match to decide the Hero Challenge champion. If the two opponents match either other’s score in any match, the outcome of that contest will be decided by the tee shot which was nearest to the pin.
The unveiling of the Hero Challenge follows last week’s announcement that the World Super 6 Perth, a new format featuring three rounds of stroke play followed by a six–hole match play knockout, will be part of the European Tour’s 2017 schedule, taking place next February.