Queensland Open moving to early 2020 timeslot

Golf Australia and the PGA of Australia have announced that the Isuzu Queensland Open will not be played this year, with plans to reschedule the championship in early 2020 to avoid getting lost in the high profile Australian events this summer.

Simon Brookhouse, GM of Golf Operations at Golf Australia, said that the industry was committed to making the Queensland Open one of Australia’s leading domestic events.

Jordan Zunic 2018 QLD Open winner Jordan Zunic (Credit: PGA Australia)

“We want to give the Queensland Open more prominence, but also make it fit in more logically among all the great summer events on the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia and ALPG Tour,” Brookhouse said.

“We remain totally committed to improving the Queensland Open and believe rescheduling it to early 2020 will help amplify its appeal.”

Among the options under consideration are adding women to the tournament field, in a nod to the success of the Vic Open, where the women’s field plays for the same prizemoney and at the same venue as the men’s field.

With the support of the Victorian government, this concept has worked well with the Vic Open now offering a total of $3 million in prizemoney and is co-sanctioned with the European Tour and LPGA Tour.

CEO of the PGA of Australia, Gavin Kirkman, said it was important the Queensland Open wasn’t lost among high-profile events later this year, including the Presidents Cup and national Open and PGA championships.

“The Queensland Open is one of the Tour’s favourite championships and we stand firmly behind making next year’s tournament one of the biggest in its 94-year history,” Kirkman said.

“We are working closely with Golf Australia to ensure the event remains a launching pad for its participants to bigger and better things in their careers.”