Danny Willett brushes aside idea of floodlit golf tournament

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Danny Willett believes that the idea of a golf tournament under the floodlights could only be taken as a joke after comments from Keith Pelley encouraging the thought. 

The European tour chief executive suggested that the European Tour would "definitely" host a tournament under the floodlights next year, after he experienced the environment first hand at the Regnum Carya Gold and Spa Resort, which is the site of the Turkish Airlines Open. 

Pelley commented: "I played six holes under the lights the other night and it was spectacular. It was incredible.


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"There was a little three-hole match with Haydn Porteous and Brandon Stone last night and we will definitely do something live under the lights next year."

On the willingness of potential players, the chief said: "I think you would get a buy-in from 95 per cent of the actual players.

"It is different though with the shadows and if somebody's eyesight is not 100 percent then they might push back, but we will definitely have a competition for money under the lights next year."

Commenting on the possibility of a full tournament under the lights, Pelley added: "I would say nothing is impossible. It gets dark at six so I don't know. Anything is possible."

However, British golfer Willett does not share the same feelings regarding the possibility of a floodlit major tournament. 

The 29-year-old believes that an event under the lights at night would add to the already tricky conditions, especially in "reading the greens". 

Willett said: "That would be a useless idea. It would be okay for a giggle but not for a real tournament and Race to Dubai money." 

It would be interesting to see if such a tournament could actually be viable and it is sure to bring in mixed opinion from the players. 

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