2016 Australian Open to be played at Royal Sydney Golf Club

Royal Sydney Clubhouse 595

THE Australian Open will return to Royal Sydney Golf Club in 2016, scene of Rory McIlroy’s dramatic final round victory over Adam Scott in 2013.

Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt announced the move to the storied Rose Bay venue on the final day of the 2015 Open, being played out at The Australian Golf Club.

“Royal Sydney is one of Australia’s most revered clubs and we are excited to return to one of the great championship venues in the country,” Mr Pitt said.

“The atmosphere at Royal Sydney in 2013 was extraordinary, as it has been at The Australian these past two years, so we are looking forward to heading back next year.”

Golf Australia, along with partners the New South Wales Government and its tourism and events agency Destination NSW and event commercial partner Lagardère Sports (formerly World Sport Group),  announced in October a deal that keeps the Open in Sydney for the next eight years, with the scope for two “release years” in that period.

“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.”

Mr Pitt said it was his intention to formalise and announce a plan about future host clubs for the Emirates Australian Open as soon as possible.

“We’d like to give golf fans and all involved in the industry a degree of certainty with their planning,” he said.

“The tournament has grown to the point that it’s only logical to allow people and our partners to plan around it in their long-term schedules.”

Dates for the tournament are yet to be fixed. Details will be available at www.ausopengolf.com

Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy fought out the 2013 Australian Open at Royal Sydney
Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy fought out the 2013 Australian Open at Royal Sydney
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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little 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 ASG 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, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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