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Australia is set to stage one of its greatest ever golf seasons, headlined by an $8 million, 16-event tour, starting in October.

The PGA of Australia on Thursday confirmed the summer schedule, which has grown from 12 events in 2019-20, and will see the return of the Australian Open.

The announcement is bolstered by the likelihood of big Australian names committing to play at home after the pandemic crushed opportunities over the past two summers.

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World No. 2 Cameron Smith is set to return to play in the Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship, while fellow countryman Marc Leishman is also set to feature.

Top 50 player Lucas Herbert has already committed to play in Australia’s two showpiece tournaments, while No. 66 Min Woo Lee will compete in the Australian PGA Championship.

LIV Golf, meanwhile, is reportedly considering three Australian events as part of its expanded core schedule for 2023 and the international series it runs with the Asian Tour.

If these events were to materialize around April, as reported Australian Golf Summarythis would see Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson also fall under this upcoming season.

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While the Greg Norman-led series has its detractors due to its Saudi funding, LIV’s heralded adventure in Australia will ultimately provide golf fans with more events and more international stars, playing for big purses on those shores. .

Combined with the exceptional schedule of the PGA Tour of Australasia, golf’s Australian presence is set for a major boost, while the foundations have been laid for greater growth in the years to come.

The PGA of Australia has pledged to increase the prize money of its tour, offering $2 million for the Australian PGA Championship this year and $1.7 million each for the men’s and women’s fields at the Open. from Australia.

Combined with the State Opens, State PGAs, Players Series and a New Zealand swing, the full season is worth over $8 million.


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Equally important, however, is creating better routes to Europe and, in turn, to the United States, through an enhanced partnership with the DP World Tour.

Thursday’s announcement revealed that the top three players in the Order of Merit will earn a DP World Tour playing card for the following season, while the next 10 players will earn a bye to at least the second stage of Q-School. .

The Australian Open and the Australian PGA Championship will both be co-sanctioned by the DP World Tour, with the winner also gaining automatic entry to the tour, while the winner of the Order of Merit earns a place on the ‘Next year’s Open Championship.

“What I love about it are the pathways it creates for our exciting generation of future Australian stars,” said PGA of Australia chief Gavin Kirkman.

“We’ve been working hard to rebuild the schedule after Covid knocked everyone down in the tournament space, and having the Australian Open and New Zealand Open stronger than ever really makes a difference.”

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The playing fields could get even better next season when the US PGA Tour returns to one schedule, instead of the current schedule which conflicts with the Australasian Tour.

Additionally, Kirkman confirmed to reporters that LIV players are allowed on the tour, unlike Europe and the United States where the PGA and DP World Tours have banned dual members.

“Players who go home to play, as long as there is no conflicting event, they will be welcome to play,” he said. “And Australian players who return home, and wherever they are playing at the moment, if they are members of our organizations they will be eligible to play, and that has been discussed with the other tours.”

In theory, this would open the door for LIV Golf’s Australian contingent to play several home events in the coming months, split between the two tours.

This ensures that any defection to LIV Golf, as widely reported, would likely see Smith playing more in Australia, not less.

Kirkman, meanwhile, said he hasn’t been approached by LIV about hosting a tournament next year in Australia.

“We hear things are happening but at the end of the day… if this event is in Australia we will just continue to focus on what we do best and that is to run our tour and serve Aussie golf as we feel it. it should be fixed,” he said.

“We’ll just see what happens there.

“If it’s Australia, we have to be able to stay focused on our strategy. If it fits, it fits, but we will speak closely with Golf Australia and the WPGA Tour and work out what we need to keep working on.


October 10-16 — CKB WA PGA, Kalgoorlie Golf Club — $200,000

October 17-23 – WA Open, West Australian Golf Club – $162,500

November 7-13 — VIC PGA, Moonah Links Resort — $200,000

November 14-20 — Queensland PGA, Nudgee Golf Club — $200,000

November 21-28 — Fortinet Australian PGA Championship, Royal Queensland Golf Club — $2,000,000

November 29-December 4 — ISPS Australian Open HANDA, Victoria Golf Club and Kingston Heath Golf Club — $1,700,000

December 5-11 — Gippsland Super 6, Warragul Country Club — $175,000

January 23-29 — GST Victoria, Rosebud Country Club — $200,000

Jan. 30-Feb. 5 — TPS Murray River, Cobram-Barooga Golf Club — $200,000

TBA February – VIC Open, TBA – TBA

February 13-19 — GST Sydney, Bonnie Doon Golf Club — $200,000

February 20-26 — GST Hunter Valley, Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort — $200,000

February 27-March 5 — NZ Open, Millbrook Resort — $1,400,000

March 6-12 – NZ PGA Auckland Championship – $150,000

March 13-19 – Play Today NSW Open TBA – $400,000

Late March – TBA TBA Season Finals – $200,000

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