08.05.2017 - Tournament: GolfSixes Venue: Centurion Club, St Albans Prize fund: €1 million Hashtag: #golfsixes Great Danes triumph in inaugural GolfSixes

Denmark are the first ever GolfSixes champions after a 3-1 victory over Australia in the final at the Centurion Club. The European Tour was breaking new ground in St Albans with 16 teams of two starting the weekend and battling it out first in a group stage and then a knockout over six holes in greensomes.


Lucas Bjerregaard und Thorbjørn Olesen gewinnen die Premiere der GOLFSIXES. © Getty Images

By Sunday evening only two teams remained and it was Thorbjørn Olesen and Lucas Bjerregaard who took home the trophy after a hard fought win over Scott Hend and Sam Brazel in front of an excitable crowd.  Entrance music, pyrotechnics and a sprinkling of celebrity gave the event a whole new feel but it was world class golf that proved to be the highlight, with Olesen claiming his second team win for Denmark in six months after his victory at the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf alongside Søren Kjeldsen. Denmark had finished second in Group A on Saturday and 2-1 victories over France and Italy got them to the final against Australia, who finished second in Group C before overcoming Thailand and Scotland on Sunday. A birdie on the third gave Australia a 1-0 lead in the final but Denmark then won the final three holes to make golfing history. Hend and Bjerregaard hit huge drives down the third but Olesen went long with the Danes' second while Hend was left with 18 feet for an eagle. The two-time European Tour winner got down in two and with Denmark failing to get up and down, Australia led 1-0. The scores were soon level again, though, as both Hend and Brazel put their tee-shots in the water on the fourth to record a bogey, with Denmark winning the hole in par. A swift turnaround in fortunes was completed on the fifth as Bjerregaard put his tee-shot to four feet and Olesen finished the job to send Denmark up the last with a 2-1 lead. Olesen was inches from putting Denmark's second shot in the water on the sixth but an excellent recovery from Bjerregaard meant the Danes would have two putts for the win and Australia offered handshakes on the final green.  There was drama in the third/fourth place play-off as Scotland won a nearest the pin contest at the second attempt on the play-off hole to beat Italy 2-1. Lucas Bjerregaard - Denmark:  “It feels really good.  It's been a couple of tough matches today.  It's been a little more business than yesterday.  Yesterday was a little more banter and it was all good fun.  But yeah, it feels good to sit here right now. Thorbjørn Olesen - Denmark:  “Six holes is very intense match play, playing only six holes, and every shot really counts.  If you get behind early on, it's really tough.  We managed to get it around a couple of times when we were down, but like Lucas said, it's been so much fun.  We definitely both very much enjoyed it.