THE big Australian golf tournaments in 2016 have to vie for scheduling around the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne and the Aussie PGA Championship is the first to announce a firm date.
The PGA Championship at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast will be on 1-4 December and should get a big boost in it’s field from the many top international golfers likely to attend the World Cup the previous week.
“Hosting tournaments the calibre of the World Cup of Golf and Australian PGA Championship in back-to-back weeks is a real coup for Aussie golf fans as the fields assembled for each tournament will be some of the best seen in Australia in recent times,” said Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia.
“It’s also a huge opportunity for many of the world’s best players who have competing in Australia on their bucket list. Now they will be able to take advantage of spending two weeks down under.”
“The Australian PGA Championship has a unique personality for a golf tournament; relaxed and family friendly it provides the perfect end of year event for players to compete for top prize money whilst also enjoying a holiday on the Gold Coast which is famous for fun.”
The 2016 event will also be co-sanctioned by the European Tour for the second year and will benefit from its position at the beginning of the tour’s 2017 schedule.
“While players always enjoy the sites of the Gold Coast, on the course it’s serious business with European Tour players hoping to get an early boost on the Race to Dubai and Aussie players looking to earn a ticket onto one of the biggest Tour’s in the world,” added Thorburn.
The announcement leaves the other prime spot in the schedule, the week before the World Cup which would see another tournament starting Thursday November 17 – 20, up for grabs between the Australian Open, scheduled this year for Royal Sydney, and the Australian Masters.