This week’s Australian PGA Championship will mark a new era in The European Tour when the oldest and most prestigious event on the PGA Tour of Australasia is co-sanctioned for the first time at RACV Royal Pines Resort.No fewer than 20 different nationalities will be represented in the field, with European Tour winners such as Scott Jamieson, Edoardo Molinari and Peter Uihlein lining up alongside a host of Australians who have tasted success on The European Tour including Stephen Allan, Robert Allenby, Peter O’Malley, Craig Parry, Brett Rumford, Peter Senior, Marcus Fraser and Richard Green.
“The opportunity being one of the first events on the European Tour calendar is that it’s effectively a two year exemption,” explains Rumford.It’s a huge incentive but whenever you have an opportunity like that then the competition is going to be strong as well. - Rumford
“It’s certainly not going to be easy to go out there and win a golf tournament, but if you do, it will be well deserved and it’s going to be a huge opportunity.”
American Ryder Cup player Brandt Snedeker and David Lingmerth of Sweden, who won his maiden US PGA Tour title earlier this year in beating Justin Rose in a play-off for The Memorial title, are also among the luminaries present at the AUS$1,750,000 event.
Australia is one of 25 countries to feature among the 45 tournaments on The 2016 Race to Dubai, with the Australian PGA Championship - which dates back to 1905 - the 28th European Tour sanctioned event to be held on Australian soil, following the ANZ Championship (2002-2004), the Australian Masters (2007-2009 - played twice in the 2009 season), the Heineken Classic (1996-2005), the Greg Norman Holden International (2000-2001), the Johnnie Walker Classic (1997, 2002-2003, 2006, 2009) and the Perth International (2012-2014).It is only the second time the Tour has visited Queensland and the first time since the 1997 Johnnie Walker Classic, which was won by Ernie Els. The South African went on to win the second of his four Major titles at that year’s US Open Championship.
|T2||VARNER III, Harold||USA||18||Par|