Date: September 16, 2013
Author: Golf Australia

Jason Day returns to Emirates Australian Open

World Number 18 Jason Day will make his return to Sydney for the 2013 Emirates Australian Open at the Royal Sydney Golf Club from 28 November 1 December. The 25 year-old Queenslander has enjoyed a successful year on the PGA Tour, finishing in a tie for second at the U.S Open in June and third at the U.S Masters in April. I m looking forward to coming back to Sydney for the Emirates Australian Open in November, Day said. The Open has always had a special place in the hearts of Australian players and I ll be ready to do battle with all the other guys at Royal Sydney and hopefully win my first Stonehaven Cup. Day last played the Emirates Australian Open in 2011 when he finished in a tie for fourth place at 9-under par at The Lakes. With a host of top 10 finishes in recent years, Day s sole PGA Tour victory came at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in 2010. Minister for Tourism and Major Events, George Souris, said: The NSW Government welcomes the news that Australia s second highest ranked player Jason Day will join a star-studded field to play in the Emirates Australian Open in Sydney. Jason joins World Number 2 and Australia s only US Masters champion, Adam Scott and Northern Ireland s two-time Major winner, Rory McIlroy to add class and depth to the Australian Open. The NSW Government, through Destination NSW, has entered a strategic partnership with Golf Australia to stage the Open in Sydney until 2015. We are committed to our long term vision of seeing the tournament become the premier event of its kind in the Asia Pacific region. Golf Australia CEO Stephen Pitt said he was delighted to see Day return to Australia. Jason has been right in contention recent Major Championships particularly at The Masters and U.S Open and we re thrilled that he will be back in Sydney to contest the Open, Pitt said. Together with Masters champion Adam Scott, we ve got Australia s two hottest golfers ready to go head-to head with two-time Major champion Rory McIlroy for what will be a big week of golf in Sydney. Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia said Jason has been one of the most consistent players on the PGA TOUR this season and we re looking forward to welcoming him to Royal Sydney. His inclusion alongside Adam and Rory ensures this year s Emirates Australian Open is a not to be missed event. The Emirates Australian Open will be broadcast live on the Seven Network across all four days and the championship will again be sanctioned by the PGA Tour Australasia and OneAsia. Tickets are on sale via Ticketek at or by calling 132 849.