2016 Emirates Australian Open dates set with expected World Cup of Golf field boost

Royal Sydney Clubhouse 595

THE 2016 Emirates Australian Open will be staged in Sydney from November 17-20, the week before the World Cup of Golf.

Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt confirmed the dates Monday, saying the 101st staging of the national championship would be hosted by the iconic Royal Sydney Golf Club for the 15th time.

“Along with our staging partner Lagardere Sports, we have built in recent years a tradition of attracting strong international fields at the Emirates Australian Open and we are certainly in a position to continue that come November,” Pitt said.

“In the last few years we’ve had many of the world’s greatest players playing our championship including Adam (Scott) and Jason (Day), along with international superstars such as Tiger (Woods), Rory (McIlroy), Jordan (Spieth) and Bubba (Watson).

“The 2016 schedule is going to be a fascinating one, with opportunities to have a large number of the superstars of golf coming down under.

“With a new World Cup format this year, it will be a unique process for all the tournaments in terms of signing players and setting up their fields.

“Ultimately it’s a great opportunity to have a series of really successful tournaments in the November and December period that then have a positive impact on the profile and vibrancy of Australian golf.”

World Cup of Golf & Aussie PGA

The World Cup of Golf will be staged at Kingston Heath in Melbourne the week after the open (24 – 27 November) with the Australian PGA Championship the following week at RACV Royal Pines Resort from 1 – 4 December.

That leaves the Australian Masters to choose a spot either before the Open, or well into December after the PGA.

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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