One of the best ever

The 2011 Australian golf season will be one of the best ever with the Presidents Cup headlining a series of events that have attracted some of the biggest names in world golf.

As well as the cup there are eight PGA Tour of Australasia events and three PGA Legends Tour championships getting underway from late October.

To highlight what will be a massive summer season the PGA of Australia has launched a new campaign encouraging sports fans to ‘Play, Watch, Discover’ golf.

“Never before have we seen so many of the world’s best players in Australia and what’s more fans will get to see the likes of Tiger Woods, Darren Clarke, Y E Yang, Luke Donald and Bubba Watson as well as our own top players contend for our Australian titles,” said PGA CEO Brian Thorburn.

The PGA Tour of Australasia’s 2011 schedule gets back underway from October 20 with the Brunel WA PGA Championship set to tee off at Novotel Vines Resort and Country Club in Perth.

The WA PGA starts two weeks of golf in the west with the John Hughes Geely Nexus Risk Services WA Open Championship to be contested the following week at Royal Fremantle Golf Club.

The Tour then moves to the New South Wales South Coast for the NSW PGA Championship at Wollongong Golf Club from November 3-6.

The NSW PGA, last year won by Stephen Bowditch, is a precursor to the Emirates Australian Open the following week which will see the likes of Woods, Greg Norman, Fred Couples, Adam Scott and Geoff Ogilvy contend for the Stonehaven Cup at the Lakes Golf Club.

The week of November 17 -20 will see the focus of world golf firmly on Australia with Greg Norman and Fred Couples set to lead their teams into battle for The Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

That same week the NSW Open Championship will be staged at a new venue, Newcastle Golf Club.

It will be followed by the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola to be hosted at the Hyatt Regency Coolum for the 10th consecutive season.

The action then crosses the ditch to Christchurch for the BMW NZ Open to take place at Clearwater Resort from December 1-4.

The final tournament of the 2011 PGA Tour of Australasia schedule will fittingly take place at Melbourne’s famed sandbelt.

The JBWere Masters to tee off at Victoria Golf Club from December 15-18, the winner of which will be granted an automatic exemption in to the 2012 WGC- Bridgestone Invitational.

It is also here that the 2011 Norman Von Nida Order of Merit medal will ultimately be decided.

In total 14 players from the World Top 20 are headed to Australia in the coming weeks, with 19 of the World Top 100 set to contest the PGA Tour of Australasia’s events outside The Presidents Cup.

The top 100 players confirmed for the PGA Tour of Australasia’s events include Luke Donald (1), Dustin Johnson (5), Jason Day (7), Adam Scott (8), Matt Kuchar (9), Nick Watney (11), Bubba Watson (16), Hunter Mahan (19), Ian Poulter (23), Darren Clarke (34), Geoff Ogilvy (37), Y E Yang (38), Matteo Manassero (43), Aaron Baddeley (49), Tiger Woods (52), John Senden (59), Robert Allenby (60), Richard Green (74) and Brendan Jones (92).

The PGA’s campaign includes a television commercial promoting the upcoming season named ‘Its golf season.’ It will be shown on Network 10 and selected regional markets.

You can view the PGA campaign and pre-register for a new related iphone application here.

The summer’s main Legends Tour events begin with the 2011 Fiducian Legends Australian PGA Senior Championship from October 27 to 29 at the Killara Golf Club in Sydney.

The Legends action will then move to Perth where an impressive international field will fight out the 2011 ISPS Handa Australian Senior Open at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club from 4-6 November.

The 2011 Australian Legends Tour Championship is then due to be held at the Byron Bay Golf Club from December 11 – 13.


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