Australian Open to remain based in Sydney for the next 8 years

The 100th Australian Open will be staged at the Australian Golf Club in Sydney this November
The 100th Australian Open will be staged at the Australian Golf Club in Sydney this November

THE Australian Open will remain in Sydney for at least six of the next eight years with the New South Wales Government securing the historic event in an agreement with Golf Australia.

The Open will celebrate its 100th staging this November, at the Australian Golf Club, then remain in Sydney from 2016 to 2023.

The new agreement, announced on the weekend, does potentially let the national championship travel away once every four years as a “release” year during this period.

“The Australian Open is one of the most prestigious events in Australian sport, first held in 1904 and celebrating its 100th edition this November. I am pleased that the event will continue to call Sydney home,” said Stuart Ayres, NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport.

Golf Australia chief executive officer Stephen Pitt was delighted with the commitment from Destination NSW, with Sydney already about to host its 10th successive national championship.

“We’ve been thrilled with the support from the New South Wales Government, our naming rights sponsor Emirates and the players. Along with the clubs and golf fans of Sydney who’ve really embraced the event, we have raised the global awareness of the championship and also of Sydney as a world-class golfing destination,” Mr Pitt said.

“The Open continues to deliver the world’s best players to Sydney, as evidenced in the past two years when Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth have each springboarded to world No.1 status and major championship victories after winning the Stonehaven Cup.”

Ayres said the Australian Open has built a home in Sydney and made the last weekend of November a special time on the sporting calendar.

“This year’s Open has once again attracted a high-quality field, including dual major winner, defending champion and world No.1 Jordan Spieth.  Our own Masters hero and former Australian Open champion Adam Scott will also line up at The Australian Golf Club from November 26-29, so I’d encourage everyone to book their tickets today and get along to this fantastic event.”

Tickets are on sale now from Ticketek at www.ticketek.com or by calling 132 849.

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Brian is a former Sydney journalist who didn’t have a skerrick of interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded Australian Senior Golfer in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association.

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