Day lends support to Shane Warne’s Pro-Am concept

Former champion cricketer Shane Warne, an accomplished golfer in his own right, wants to show Melbourne’s famous sandbelt courses to the world.

And former world No 1 and US PGA champion Jason Day wants to help the man rated the world’s greatest leg-spinner to do just that.

Jason Day Jason Day (Credit: USGA)

Day has thrown himself behind Warne’s brainchild of a full Tour-Sanctioned celebrity golf pro-am similar to the European Tour Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and the US PGA Tour’s long-running Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

“Everyone around the world had heard about the Melbourne sandbelt courses and how good they are,” said Warne.

“I think the pros would take the opportunity to come down to Australia and play in such an event.”

Of course Warne realises he’s going nowhere unless such an event could find a big-name sponsor.

“I wish there was someone who would come in and put up the money for a tournament where you play all the ‘sandbelt courses, call it the ‘Sandbelt Classic’,” he said.

“I’ll help get it off the ground and it will be the Australian version of the Dunhill Links.”

Day had no hesitation indicating he would support such a concept.

“Shane Warne is one of the most popular sports stars in Australia,” said Day.

“He was a tremendous bowler, a tremendous cricketer and is now a superb commentator on the game, and who is so widely-known in the sports world in general.

“So, if Shane is thinking of trying to get support for a kind of Dunhill Links-style of professional/amateur tournament in the Melbourne ‘sandbelt’ that would be great news for the game in Australia.

“You will need the players, including a number of marquee players to commit to the tournament while I can see no concern with spectator support as Australia does not have a tournament like the Dunhill Links or the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.”