European Tour boss wants to do more in Australia

The players have asked for it and now the European Tour is hopping on board a plan for more “Aussie” involvement with their tour.

It’s already happening with events in Victoria, Perth and the Gold Coast being co-sanctioned with Europe.

Keith Pelley Keith Pelley (Credit: European Tour)

Now the European Tour boss Keith Pelley has admitted he would like to see even more involvement with the Australasian Tour and he might even consider being part of our marquee event, the Australian Open, if things worked out down the track.

Pelley said the Tour’s interests reached beyond the top-tier Australian tournaments and a secondary Tour event here was another option that may be considered.

“Obviously our ties are very strong…the Australian PGA is on our schedule and now Victoria and Perth,” Pelley said.

“Gavin Kirkman (PGA of Australia CEO) and I shared emails…on the schedule and we met at The Open Championship in Carnoustie and talked about how we can work more closely together.”

“In terms of the Australian Open, we’d love to be involved in it.”

“But the Australian Open is a different event with a different promoter. We’ve had conversations and anything could happen down the road.”

“We’d also love to have a Challenge (secondary) Tour event, it won’t be for 2019 season, it would be the 2020 at the earliest.”

“But it’s safe to say that the relationship we have with the PGA Tour of Australasia is incredibly strong.”

“I have a tonne of time for Gavin (and) his vision and we’re going to try to help and work with Gavin and his team moving forward.”

Pelley said the European Tour’s drive towards becoming involved with the Vic Open was born through feedback from players during last year’s ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth.

“The players overwhelmingly talked to me about asking if there was any chance we could have another tournament (in Australia)?,” he said.

“(They said that) coming all the way to Australia was such a long way (for one event).”

“That’s when the conversation began with Victoria (Vic Open) and we are delighted to make this announcement to be involved in it.”