2016 Australian PGA scores marquee date following World Cup of Golf
February 27th, 2016
The prospect of this scene being repeated on Australian soil became ever brighter when it was announced the 2016 Australian PGA Championship would be played in the week immediately following the World Cup of Golf at Kingston Heath later this year.
As the defending Individual champion, Queenslander Jason Day is assured a World Cup team spot and his selection of a playing partner. If he chooses to play, and he's given every indication he will after being unable to return home as the U.S. PGA champion at the end of 2015 due to the birth of his second child, a return 'Jason Day / Adam Scott' partnership at Kingston Heath may also enable Queensland's two favourite sons to jointly appear at the PGA Championship at RACV Royal Pines from December 1-4.
“Hosting tournaments the calibre of the World Cup of Golf and Australian PGA Championship in back-to-back weeks is a real coup for Aussie golf fans as the fields assembled for each tournament will be some of the best seen in Australia in recent times,” said Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia.
“It’s also a huge opportunity for many of the world’s best players who have competing in Australia on their bucket list. Now they will be able to take advantage of spending two weeks down under.”
Scott kicked off a memorable stretch of golf at the back end of 2013 with his maiden Australian PGA victory in front of throngs of people, including many family and friends, at Royal Pines.
He went on tour his Masters Green Jacket to adoring home fans in Melbourne and Sydney while also sweeping all before him on course by taking out the Australian Masters and the World Cup team victory with Day, both at Royal Melbourne.
Should Day and Scott be lured to play on the Gold Coast the following week, plus a host of other stars from home and overseas, we would be witness to tournament crowds in unprecedented numbers for an event in Queensland.
The PGA's position at the beginning of the European Tour’s 2017 schedule will hopefully also provide added impetus for players to stay on in Australia get their season off to a fast start.
“While players always enjoy the sites of the Gold Coast, on the course it’s serious business with European Tour players hoping to get an early boost on the Race to Dubai and Aussie players looking to earn a ticket onto one of the biggest Tours in the world,” added Thorburn.
“This mix of relaxed atmosphere with fierce competition is what makes the Australian PGA Championship such an exciting tournament for fans; they are able to watch world class golf whilst also mingling with the players post-round.”