2016 Australian Open to kick off World Cup

In what is shaping as one of the best-ever months for Australian golf, it has been confirmed the 2016 Emirates Australian Open will be played from November 17-20.

Many of the world’s leading players will no doubt adjust their schedules to play the fabled Royal Sydney Golf Club at Rose Bay as it will be just a week before the World Cup of Golf at Kinston Heath in Melbourne.

Matt Jones Matt Jones is all smiles after securing his first Australian Open title last year

Not surprisingly, Australian PGA Tour officials are delighted everything has come together so nicely with the Australian Open, World Cup and Australian PGA now in successive weeks in Australia.

And with the likes of Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Jason Day, Adam Scott and Bubba Watson all venturing Down Under for some of these events in recent years it is fair to expect an even-better international field for this Open Championship.

It will be the 101st Australian Open and the 15th time it has been hosted by the Royal Sydney club.

According to Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt the 2016 schedule is shaping as a fascinating one, with opportunities to have a large number of the superstars of golf coming down under.

This Australian Open was once regarded as the unofficial “fifth” major in world golf.

The 2016 event should go close to putting it back in that elite category.