Date: October 02, 2014
Author: Courtesy PGA of Australia

Aussie summer of golf set to heat up

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The Australian summer of golf is just around the corner and it is set to be another huge season.

While the PGA Tour of Australasia has already played seven tournaments in 2014 for more than $AU2.5 million the action is about to heat up as temperatures around the country rise.

Western Australia is the next stop on Tour with players set to compete at the John Hughes Nexus Risk Services WA Open Championship from 16-18 October at Cottesloe Golf Club.

Rookie Pro Oliver Goss is set to play his first professional tournament on home soil when he tees it up at Cottesloe. As a former champion of the event he is keen to add his name to the trophy again.

However standing in his way is defending champion from New Zealand Josh Geary as well as some of the stalwarts of the PGA Tour of Australasia; Peter Lonard, Peter O’Malley and Stephen Leaney.

Along with some of the country’s leading amateurs such as Jarryd Felton, Todd Sinnott and Minwoo Lee (brother of Minjee) a mix of youth and experience is sure to delight fans at Cottesloe.

The PGA Tour of Australasia then moves to Lake Karrinyup Country Club from 23 – 26 October for the Perth International where we will be joined by the European Tour.

Some of the biggest names in world golf will be making the trip to Perth including Ryder Cup stars Victor Dubuisson and Stephen Gallacher. They will be joined by South African Charl Schwartzel and American Jason Dufner.

Two of Australia’s winners on the PGA TOUR, Geoff Ogilvy and Steve Bowditch will also join the field at the Perth International where Korean-born Melbourne-based Professional Jin Jeong is aiming to defend his title.

Completing the third leg of the Western Australian swing is the WA Goldfields PGA Championship being played at Kalgoorlie Golf Course from 30 October – 2 November.

A unique course where the green fairways contrast with the red desert, Jack Wilson will be back to defend the title he won as a PGA Trainee in 2013.

Other names to watch for in Kalgoorlie include Tour regulars James Nitties, Peter Lonard and Nathan Green.

After a week’s break the Tour will then travel to Sydney and Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club for the NSW Open Championship to be played from 13-16 November. Tour player Aron Price will be back to defend the title he won in challenging weather conditions last year.

Also looking set to compete is David McKenzie who is in winning form, he has twice won on the PGA TOUR China this year.

Heading to Melbourne, Adam Scott will make his first appearance on the PGA Tour of Australasia this year when he plays the Australian Masters from 20-23 November at The Metropolitan Golf Club.

Adam Scott is looking to create history as the first player to win the Australian Masters in three consecutive years. In 2013 he won by two shots from Matt Kuchar while in 2012 he won by four shots from Ian Poulter.

The Tour continues its road show of the country when it travels back to Sydney for the Emirates Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club from 27-30 November.

World Number 1 Rory McIlroy returns to defend his title while World Number 2 Adam Scott will be looking to make up for last year. He lost the title by one shot to McIlroy on the 18th hole at Royal Sydney.

American young gun Jordan Spieth will make his debut on the PGA Tour of Australasia when he also tees up in Sydney.

The NSW PGA Championship makes a return to the Tour after a year’s hiatus and will be played from the 4-7 December at the Riverside Oaks Golf Resort.

Providing a great opportunity for the young players on Tour to secure their status expect to see some of the rising stars of Aussie golf teeing it up.

Already committed to the event is NZ Open Champion Dimi Papadatos as well as Kiwi Mark Brown who last week fired an impressive 59 on his home Tour.

The Australian PGA Championship being played at RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast from 11-14 December will provide a fitting finale to a huge season.

Sports fans will notice a new look course as a redeveloped front nine holes are in play this year with the back nine to back completed for 2015.

Adam Scott is back to defend his title which he won by four shots from American Rickie Fowler.

The PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit will also be decided at the Australian PGA Championship with the winner to receive the Von Nida Medal as well as an exemption in to The Open Championship, Nedbank Challenge and World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational.

Tickets are now on sale for the PGA Tour of Australasia’s biggest tournaments; Perth International, Australian Masters, Emirates Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship.

You can attend the WA Open, WA PGA Championship, NSW Open and NSW PGA Championship for a gold coin donation to the tournaments official charity partner.

We hope to see you at a tournament this summer! For the full PGA Tour of Australasia schedule please click here.