Date: March 28, 2013
Author: Golf Australia

Open returns to Royal Sydney in 2013

Golf Australia has confirmed the Emirates Australian Open will be played from 28 November 1 December at Royal Sydney Golf Club. After three consecutive years at The Lakes Golf Club, the Open will return to the Royal Sydney s Rose Bay layout for the first time since 2008 where Tim Clark became the first South African since Gary Player to win the Open after a play-off victory over Australia s Mat Goggin. NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events, George Souris, said The Australian Open is synonymous with Sydney, having hosted the event since 2006. The NSW Government, through Destination NSW, has established a strategic partnership with Golf Australia to stage the Open in Sydney until 2015, with the long-term vision of the tournament becoming the premier event in the Asia Pacific region. Golf Australia CEO Stephen Pitt said he was pleased the Open would return to a club with significant historical ties to the championship. Royal Sydney has hosted the Open 13 times and counts Gary Player, John Senden, Aaron Baddeley, Robert Allenby and Mark Calcavecchia among the past champions to lift the Stonehaven Cup there, Pitt said. We are looking forward to returning to Royal Sydney in November with Australia s most coveted championship. Earlier this month 6-time Australian Open champion Jack Nicklaus confirmed the Open would move to The Australian Golf Club in 2014. The Emirates Australian Open is an important tournament for the PGA Tour of Australasia, and we re delighted it s positioned away from other iconic sporting events in what is a very busy summer for Australian sport, said Brian Thorburn who oversees the PGA Tour of Australasia. In fact we hope the tournament will be able to capitalise on these other sporting events, including the Ashes, bringing even more golf fans from around the world to Royal Sydney s doorstep. The 2013 Emirates Australian Open will again be sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and OneAsia. The Championship is managed by Golf Australia in conjunction with World Sport Group, with the assistance of TRP Sports.