THE “Tiger Woods” Australian Masters will be broadcast into 380 million homes worldwide after it was announced today the 2009 event will be co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the PGA Tour of Australasia.
The JBWere Masters, which will be will be held at Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne from November 12 – 15, will be broadcast in Australia on the Nine Network and on FOX SPORTS on each of the four tournament days.
The co-sanctioning by the European Tour will afford the event a huge international television platform and will further highlight a tournament basking in the international spotlight because of the appearance of the World No 1.
George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, said: “We are delighted to continue our association with the PGA Tour of Australasia by co-sanctioning the JBWere Masters at another superb venue in Kingston Heath.”
“With the tournament taking place just one week before the culmination of the season-long Race to Dubai, the JBWere Masters affords our Members a final opportunity to secure a place among the top 60 players who will contest the Dubai World Championship the following week.
“Additionally, the competition to claim a place in the top 115 and exempt status for 2010 on The European Tour is likely to be equally tight fought, so there is much to play for in Australia next month.”
David Rollo, Vice President Director of Golf, IMG Australia commented, “We are hugely appreciative of the support of the two Tours and look forward to continuing our partnership. Kingston Heath is one of the finest golf courses in the world and with over 100,000 fans in attendance over the four days, it should provide a great environment that all the players will enjoy.”
Max Garske, CEO, PGA of Australia, stated: “We have enjoyed a long a prosperous relationship with the European Tour, with so many of our members graduating and developing their games further throughout Europe by virtue of the opportunities that these co-sanctioned events provide. We are delighted to extend this relationship again to the JBWere Masters, and hope it again marks the birthplace of an aspiring Australian golfer’s career.”
Others lining up for the Masters with Woods include Geoff Ogilvy, Stuart Appleby, Aaron Baddeley, Michael Campbell, Mat Goggin, Nathan Green, Richard Green, Marc Leishman, James Nitties, Craig Parry, John Senden, Adam Scott, Michael Sim and defending champion Rod Pampling.