English quartet set for high noon
The European Tour's innovative GolfSixes is set for an explosive start when the England Men's team take on the England Women shortly after noon on Saturday.
In the first match of their Group D campaigns Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace will face Charley Hull and Georgia Hall in a tussle which will earn plenty of bragging rights not just on the course and in the tournament, but right across social media.
"We'll get some stick on Twitter if we lose," said Pepperell. "But I think it's actually brilliant for the event."
Team-mate Wallace added: "Everyone will be rooting for them, but I'm looking forward to it and hopefully the sun will shine on the weekend."
As the two men reflected on the fact that they hadn't played team golf since amateur days and never together, Hull and Hall explained that they have a deep history of friendship and competitive experience.
"Me and Charley have known each other for a long time," said Hall. "We've played together in the Solheim Cup and for England. Facing the men is going to be exciting tomorrow. I think we're going to have to get off to a quick start."
"I'm playing pretty well at the moment," said Hull. "Georgia's a great player and I think our games go well together."
The 16-team tournament will witness groups matches on Saturday followed by knockout rounds on Sunday. All the players hit tee shots, with the best one selected and alternate shots played from that point. Crucially, however, all matches are only six holes, a factor Pepperell has been considering.
"I actually had a text this morning from Andy Sullivan's caddie," he explained. "He told me not to fall behind early because last year they found it very difficult to come back once you were one-down through two."
England Men are 8/15 to win the local derby, with England Women 5/1 and the tie 13/5. England Men are 15/2 to win the tournament outright, while England Women can be backed at 40/1.
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