Australian PGA to bookend Aussie summer of golf

PGA Australia has announced that the 2019 Australian PGA Championship will moved to the week following the Presidents Cup.

The tournament, which was originally scheduled to kickoff the Australian summer on November 28, will now be played at the iconic RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast from the 19-22 December.

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“The Australian PGA Championship…will top off a huge three weeks of golf in Australia when it follows the Emirates Australian Open and The Presidents Cup,” said Gavin Kirkman, CEO of the PGA of Australia.

The Australian PGA Championship week will begin with the Greg Norman Medal dinner on the Tuesday night where the highest achievers in the Australian golf industry are recognised for their accomplishments.

While the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour players battle it out on course for the Joe Kirkwood Cup, the local Order of Merit race will also come to a conclusion with the winner of the Norman Von Nida Medal to be awarded following the Australian PGA Championship’s conclusion.

The Order of Merit provides a plethora of opportunities to the winner including full status on the European Tour, a start at The Open and various World Golf Championship tournaments.

“We have seen some thrilling conclusions to the Australian PGA Championship and the Order of Merit in recent years and feel that the atmosphere created on the Gold Coast is the perfect setting for them to be celebrated,” added Kirkman.

“This was one of the motivating factors in the change of date.”