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.