Europe gets a new matchplay event in 2018

The European Tour’s policy of trying to provide more entertainment by introducing events that do not involve the basic 72-hole strokeplay format has received a boost.

The tour is to return to Belgium for the first time in 18-years next May when the Rinkven Club in Antwerp stages The Belgian Knockout.

The opening two rounds will follow the familiar strokeplay pattern, before the leading 64 players then go head-to-head in knockout strokeplay matches contested over nine holes on the weekend to determine the winner.

The tournament will be hosted by big-hitting Belgian Thomas Pieters who in last year’s Ryder Cup claimed four points against the Americans to become the most successful European rookie in the history of the biennial contest.