THE 2013 Emirates Australian Open will be returning to Royal Sydney Golf Club as expected and is scheduled from 28 November to 1 December.
Golf Australia has confirmed the move after three consecutive successful years at The Lakes Golf Club.
The Open will return to the Royal Sydney’s Rose Bay layout for the first time since 2008 where Tim Clark became the first South African since Gary Player to win the Open after a play-off victory over Australia’s Mathew Goggin.
The event will now unusually be the last of Australia’s big three tournaments for the year.
The Australian PGA Championship is usually the season ender but this year moves to the first position at Royal Pines from November 7 to 10.
The Australian Masters in on the following week at the iconic Royal Melbourne composite course from November 14 to 17. Then there’s a week’s break –usually filled by the New Zealand Open – before the Aussie Open.
Golf Australia CEO Stephen Pitt said he was pleased the Open would return to a club with significant historical ties to the championship.
“Royal Sydney has hosted the Open 13 times and counts Gary Player, John Senden, Aaron Baddeley, Robert Allenby and Mark Calcavecchia among the past champions to lift the Stonehaven Cup there,” Pitt said.
“We are looking forward to returning to Royal Sydney in November with Australia’s most coveted championship.”
Several weeks back, six-time Australian Open champion Jack Nicklaus confirmed that the 2014 event would move to the refurbished The Australian Golf Club.