AUSTRALIA’S 2012/2013 “summer of golf” is officially underway today with the WA Goldfields PGA Championship kicking off what promises to be a very entertaining season.
With the President’s Cup last year drawing an embarrassment of international golfing talent riches to our shores there was always a worry about what would follow it up.
But as the PGA of Australia has pointed out in a media release today, Australia’s major – and minor – tournaments have done a great job in laying out an attractive summer schedule for golf fans. All you have to do, really, is turn up!
Nine of the world’s top 50 players already confirmed
With eight PGA Tour of Australasia tournaments scheduled before the end of 2012 and a further five scheduled for early 2013, tournament organisers have already confirmed that at least nine of the world’s top 50 players, (including four of the current top 20), will compete in Australia in the coming months.
“We’re thrilled with the calibre of players heading to Australia to compete on the PGA Tour of Australasia,” said Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia (which manages the Tour).
“Nine of the world’s top 50 golfers are already confirmed to compete in Australia, in addition to a number of recent Major winners and of course legends of the game in Tom Watson and Greg Norman. It’s going to be a big finish to 2012 for Australian golf.”
While further player announcements are expected in the coming weeks, players already confirmed to appear as part of this year’s PGA Tour of Australasia schedule include:
• Justin Rose (World No. 5)
• Adam Scott (World No. 6)
• Jason Dufner (World no. 10)
• Graeme McDowell (2010 US Open Champion, World No. 18)
• Bo Van Pelt (Current World No. 24)
• Ian Poulter (World No. 27)
• Charl Schwartzel (2011 US Masters Champion, World No. 30)
• John Senden (World No. 38)
• Geoff Ogilvy (2006 US Open Champion, World No. 44)
• Greg Chalmers (World No. 57)
• Paul Casey (11 time European Tour champion)
• Tom Watson (8 time Major Winner)
• Greg Norman (2 time Major champion, 18 time PGA TOUR champion)
• Darren Clarke (2011 British Open winner)
With the WA Goldfields PGA Championship now underway, it’s a busy few weeks ahead for the PGA Tour of Australasia and its over 200 Professionals who will travel to all corners of Australia and New Zealand in the coming months.
The WA championship is the first ever Professional tournament to be hosted by Kalgoorlie. The event launches three exciting weeks of golf in Western Australia, highlighted by the ISPS HANDA Perth International from October 18-21.
The John Hughes Geely / Nexus Risk Services WA Open Championship will follow, before the Tour heads to Melbourne for the Australian Masters at Kingston Heath Golf Club from November 15-18.
The BMW New Zealand Open will be played the following week, with a strong field expected to compete at Clearwater Golf Club from 22-25 November.
Back on Australian soil from November 29, the NSW PGA Championship will precede the highly anticipated Emirates Australian Open, before the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola decides the overall Norman Von Nida Order of Merit Medial winner at Palmer Coolum Resort.
Looking ahead, Thorburn said he is also optimistic about the early 2013 PGA Tour of Australasia season, with prizemoney increases confirmed for a number of state based tournaments and the NZ PGA Championship, launched today.
“There have been a number of pleasing developments in the last six months and we expect to have $1 million in prizemoney on offer in early 2013, which will be a substantial increase on the same time this year,” said Thorburn.
The full end of year 2012 / early 2013 PGA Tour of Australasia schedule will include the following four-round and qualifying tournaments:
11-14 Oct, WA Goldfields PGA Championship, Kalgoorlie Golf Course, WA
18-21 Oct, ISPS HANDA Perth International, Lake Karrinyup Country Club, WA
25-28 Oct, John Hughes Geely / Nexus Risk Services WA Open Championship, Royal Perth Golf Course, WA
15-18 Nov, Australian Masters, Kingston Heath, VIC
2-25 Nov, BMW New Zealand Open, Clearwater Resort, NZ
28 Nov–2 Dec, NSW PGA Championship, Mt. Broughton Golf Club, NSW
6-9 Dec, Emirates Australian Open, The Lakes Golf Course, NSW
13-16 Dec, Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola, Palmer Coolum Resort, QLD
19-21 Dec, PGA Tour of Australasia – First Stage Qualifying School, Peninsula Country Golf Club
3-6 Jan 13, PGA Tour of Australasia – Final Stage Qualifying School, Peninsula Country Golf Club
17-20 Jan, Victorian PGA Championship, Forest Resort Creswick, VIC
24-27 Jan, Lexus of Blackburn Heritage Classic, Heritage Golf and Country Club, VIC
29-30 Jan, International Final Qualifying (IFQ Australasia) for the Open Championship
14-17 Feb, Tournament TBC
21-24 Feb, Victorian Open, Thirteenth Beach Golf Links, VIC
28 Feb-3 Mar, NZ PGA Championship, The Hills Golf Course, NZ