The European Tour completes its two-week stay in Cyprus this week with the inaugural edition of the Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown, where, after two cuts, the 16 leading players and ties will go head-to-head in a final round shootout.
COURSE: Aphrodite Hills Resort, host of last week’s Cyprus Open, opened in 2002 and was designed by Cabell Robinson. The 6,361-metre par-71 overlooks the Mediterranean and is built on two plateaux. It features pot bunkers and large, undulating greens.
PLAYERS TO WATCH …
Englishman Callum Shinkwin defeated Finland’s Kalle Samooja in extra holes here last week after shooting the round of the day – an eight-under 63 that was capped off by an impressive eagle on the final hole.
Shinkwin’s first European Tour title came in his fifth full season on Tour – and he hadn’t finished inside the top-five since the KLM Open in September of last year.
The 27-year-old knows he can go low at Aphrodite Hills and he proved he can hold up under pressure in shootouts. This week’s format suits that style of play.
RIGHT: Callum Shinkwin won his maiden European Tour title at Aphrodite Hills last week. PHOTO: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images.
South African-born Australian Jason Scrivener charged home last week with seven-under 64 to share sixth place.
The 31-year-old hadn’t featured in any weekend action since the Irish Open at the end of September prior to last week’s efforts – and he should have regained some confidence by recording his third top-10 result in the past three months.
Scrivener is yet to win on the European Tour since joining in 2015. He must feel that his time is coming.
72-HOLE RECORD: This will be the inaugural edition of the event, however, Callum Shinkwin won the Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open here last week, reaching 20-under-par, 264.
AUSTRALIANS IN THE FIELD: Maverick Antcliff and Jason Scrivener.
Round 1: Thursday (Fox Sports 503 LIVE 8:30pm – 1:30am)
Round 2: Friday (Fox Sports 503 LIVE 8:30pm – 1:30am)
Round 3: Saturday (Fox Sports 505 LIVE 9pm – 1:30am)
Round 4: Sunday (Fox Sports 505 LIVE 8:30pm – 1am)
*AEDT, check local guides