Date: March 20, 2009
Author: Sportal

Australian Masters date set

Tiger Woods&apos Australian Masters appearance has been given a precise date with organisers confirming that the tournament will be held from November 12-15 at Kingston Heath. Organisers IMG confirmed earlier this week that Woods, arguably the world&aposs highest profile sportsman, will play in Australia for the first time in 11 years. Woods will be paid $3 million for his appearance, with $1.5 million coming from the state government which expects the world No.1&aposs appearance to generate $19 million in economic benefits to the state. “I have always enjoyed coming to Australia and I am a big fan of the courses on the Melbourne sandbelt. I have heard many good things about Kingston Heath and look forward to playing there in November,” Woods said. The scheduling clashes with the European Tour&aposs event in Hong Kong and the status of the event as a co-sanctioned European Tour tournament is yet to be determined. However, the Masters will also feature Geoff Ogilvy, currently world No.4, who can&apost wait to come home. “Kingston Heath is one of my favourite courses and as a proud Victorian I am thrilled that Tiger will be in Melbourne to play one of our truly great courses. I know the fans will support the event in their thousands and it should make for an exciting week.”