Date: September 23, 2016
Author: Golf Australia

Aussie Open gets touch of Vegas


Power-hitting fan favourite Jhonattan Vegas will play the 2016 Emirates Australian Open in November.

The Venezuelan is one of the most entertaining players on the US PGA Tour and reached the Tour Championship on the back of five top-10 finishes, including a win in the Canadian Open in July.

Also appearing at Royal Sydney Golf Club will be Jhonattan’s brother Julio, who will follow up at the World Cup of Golf the next week as Venezuela’s pairing.

It is the first time either Vegas sibling has competed for the Stonehaven Cup.

“I am excited to make my first trip to play at the Emirates Australian Open and I especially look forward to being a part of an event that has great history and tradition,” Jhonattan said.

“With so many Aussies on the US PGA Tour, I have heard so many great things about Australia and the Australian Open. I can’t wait to explore all that Sydney has to offer – the pictures of Sydney Harbour and the surrounding beaches look absolutely amazing.

“Playing against my brother, Julio, at Royal Sydney will make the week even more special.  I appreciate Golf Australia providing us with this opportunity.”

Tournament director Trevor Herden said Vegas, 32, would instantly draw a crowd – just as he did when he fired a sublime 60, including a hole-in-one, in this year’s Barbasol Classic in Alabama.

“He’ll be one of the best ball strikers in the field, always something the fans enjoy,” Herden said.

“He has the capacity to shoot low and I’m sure will be amongst the action come Sunday afternoon.”

The Emirates Australian Open is a flagship tournament on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia. The winner will receive a minimum of 32 Official World Golf Ranking points.

The event will be telecast all four days on Channel 7.

Tickets are on sale now from Ticketek at or by calling 132 849.

The 2016 Emirates Australian Open will be played at the Royal Sydney Golf Club from November 17-20.


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