Date: December 11, 2018
Author: Mark Hayes

Major champs set sights on Adelaide

Here’s the first two major reasons to book your ticket to the 2019 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

Reigning major champions Georgia Hall and Pernilla Lindberg have committed to play at The Grange Golf Club, from 14-17 February, the first big names of many who’ll be in South Australia this summer.

As tickets go on sale for the first national championship on the 2019 LPGA Tour’s schedule, the two effervescent Europeans are thrilled to return Down Under.

Englishwoman Hall, 22, became just the third local player to win the Women’s British Open since it became a major when she triumphed in August.

In her first full year on the LPGA Tour, it was her first win since the 2016 Vic Open at 13th Beach, making Australia one of her most memorable stops on tour.

“I love coming to Australia to start my season,” said Hall, who has played the Women’s Australian Open twice previously and finished in the top 15 both times.

“It’ll be great to be back in Adelaide competing against such a strong field in a beautiful part of the world.

“It is always such a fun week, I’m already looking forward to it.”

Swede Lindberg, 32, made an equally huge career breakthrough in winning the ANA Inspiration last year, also for her first LPGA Tour victory.

She, too, can’t wait to kick off the quest for another in a place she’s become very fond of.

“February will be my tenth year in a row at the Women’s Australian Open, so it obviously shows I love it,” Lindberg said.

“It’s a great way to start my season in Australia, and every golf course on the rotation in Adelaide is in great condition and always is a great test.

“Not only that, but there’s always good weather, and good food, too, in Adelaide. There are so many different things that make me excited to come back.”

Tournament director Trevor Herden is delighted with the major champions’ enthusiasm.

“Both Georgia and Pernilla have been really excited to get back to South Australia and I’m sure the crowds will sense that when they see them play at The Grange,” he said.

“It’s a great testament to the tournament that major champions are keen to attend and we’re very proud to have both women committed to Adelaide.”

Tickets are officially on sale through Ticketek and remain some of the best value in sport at $25 ($19 concession) each day, or $75 ($57 concession) for a four-day season pass when pre-booked. Children under 16 are free.

The tournament is fully sanctioned by the LPGA Tour and the ALPG.

The ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open is supported by the South Australian Government through the South Australian Tourism Commission and Events South Australia.