Masters moves to Metropolitan Golf Club
It’s been 13 years between drinks for Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne’s revered sandbelt.
Yet a major men’s tournament will return there this year with the revelation that the 2014 Talisker Australian Masters will be played there from November 27-30, 2014.
Tournament organisers will be keen to lure 2013 Australian Masters champion, Adam Scott, to its new home at Metropolitan (Credit: Anthony Powter)
It will be the first top-class men’s event at Metropolitan since Steve Stricker beat Pierre Fulke to win the 2001 World Matchplay Championship.
The Australian Masters will also be the first of the Aussie ‘Big Three’ next season with the Emirates Australian Open to be played at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney the following week, November 27-30.
It appears a date is still to be confirmed for the Australian PGA Championship although it is expected to be played in the first two weeks of December, thus giving the revamped Royal Pines layout on the Gold Coast more time to “settle” following some major improvements.
The last professional event to be played at Metropolitan was the 2009 Women’s Australian Open, won by English great Laura Davies.
The switching of the event to Metropolitan’s South Oakleigh course will also enable the club to showcase their new $12m clubhouse.
It also completed a Masters rotation around what are the possibly the sandbelt’s four most famous layouts, Victoria, Kingston Heath and Royal Melbourne, where it has been for the past three years – and now to Metropolitan.
Obviously tournament organisers will now leave no clod of turf unturned in a bid to lure world No. 2 Adam Scott home to become the first golfer to win three gold jackets in succession.