2014 Australasian Tour schedule announced
Following on from an exciting start to the 2014 PGA Tour of Australasia season, the PGA has announced the dates for Australia’s biggest tournaments towards the end of the year across four Australian states and two additional countries.
Still to be played in 2014 are the Tour’s most lucrative tournaments including the inaugural Fiji International (14-17 August), Perth International (23-26 October), Australian Masters (20-23 November), Emirates Australian Open (27-30 November) and Australian PGA Championship (11-14 December) which are again set to feature some of the biggest names in world golf.
Will Rory McIlroy return to defend his 2013 Australian Open crown? (Credit: Anthony Powter)
Added interest will focus on the return to Metropolitan Golf Club for the Masters after a tournament absence of over a decade, plus a first look at the Jack Nicklaus-redesigned Australian Golf Club for the national Open.
RACV Royal Pines will also have nine new holes in play for the PGA Championship.
The PGA Tour of Australasia will also stage the Isuzu Queensland Open (28-31 August), South Pacific Open Championship (10-13 September), John Hughes Nexus Risk Services WA Open (16-19 October), WA Goldfields PGA Championship (30 Oct -2 Nov) and the NSW Open (13-16 November).
“This year is shaping up to be another incredibly successful season for the PGA Tour of Australasia,” said Brian Thorburn, Chief Executive Officer of the PGA of Australia.
“2014 will see the Tour travel to Natadola Bay in Fiji for the first time. With hometown hero Vijay Singh already signed on for the tournament, we are excited by the opportunity to grow the game in this region.”
“It will also see the return of our oldest and most prestigious titles and I like all golf fans will be intrigued to see how the season plays out after Adam Scott came so close to capturing the elusive Triple Crown in 2013.”
All tournaments on the PGA Tour of Australasia offer Official World Golf Rankings points and in addition Professionals in 2014 will be competing for more than AU$8.4million in prizemoney. This is an increase of approximately AU$1.2million on the previous season.
“One of our goals is to continue to grow the PGA Tour of Australasia to ensure that our Members can make a viable living playing golf at home but we’re also striving to expand the Tour to ensure the elite level of the game is accessible to as many fans as possible,” added Thorburn.
“It is well documented that the number of people playing golf increases during the summer which has a direct correlation with the PGA Tour of Australasia bringing the world’s best golfers to our shores.”
“This year is shaping to be no different. In the coming months, we will be announcing the star players that will draw the crowds but I am equally looking forward to watching the next wave of young Australian talent rise to the top.”
In 2013, Adam Scott went within a few strokes of the Triple Crown, winning the PGA and Masters and losing to Rory McIlroy on the final green at the Australian Open at Royal Sydney.
Convincing both to return to defend will be high on the priority list for Thorburn and all supporters of Australian golf.