Aussie Masters shelved for 2016, uncertain future

IMG have announced that the Australian Masters will not be held this year and its future is yet to be determined.

“As part of IMG’s ongoing evolution of its golf events business, the company is in the process of reimagining its Australian Masters event to ensure the delivery of a world-class experience,” David Rollo, Vice President-Director of Golf, IMG Australia and New Zealand said in a statement.

Peter Senior 56-year-old Peter Senior became the oldest player to win the Australian Masters (Credit: PGA Australia/SMP Images)

“To best execute a change of this scale, IMG has announced that the Australian Masters will not be played in 2016.”

“IMG will unveil its new plans for the event in the coming months.”

The Australian Masters was first held at Huntingdale in 1979 and over almost four decades its list of winners included some of modern golf’s biggest names – Greg Norman (6), Tiger Woods, Bernhard Langer, Mark O’Meara, Ian Baker-Finch and US Masters winner, Adam Scott (2).

Last year the Masters returned to its home at Huntingdale for the first time since 2008 and was won by 56-year-old Peter Senior for the third time.

The return of the World Cup of Golf to Melbourne’s Kingston Heath layout this summer no doubt added to IMG’s woes in attracting world class players to its lineup.