The #AusOpenGolf will be played next year in the week before the Presidents Cup, a coup for the event that now has the luxury of drawing party tent players who are already in Australia.
This week agreement was reached on the dates, with the #AusOpenGolf scheduled for 5-8 December at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney. The Presidential Cup, the biennial competition between the United States and the international team, takes place in Royal Melbourne from 12 to 15 December.
Stephen Pitt, CEO of Golf Australia, told a media conference that the management partner of the tournament, Lagardere, had already spoken with the international team captain Ernie Els about the prospect that some players could handle the Open according to their schedule
The best open field in recent history was at The Lakes in Sydney in 2011, when a cluster of the United States and international players in Australia held on to the Presidents Cup, including Tiger Woods.
Golf Australia hopes that next year will be able to use a similar situation, although it is likely that the Open will compete against Tiger Woods' own tournament in the US, meaning some of the best American players will not be available. .
"I guess I played with the (2011) Australian Open last time, I think we have nine of the twelve American players," Pitt said. "I think this time will turn around and we'll focus on international players and, not everyone will be playing the Tiger event, it's clearly a limited area, but I think this is the challenge where organizations like ours are nowadays in terms of data for standing. "
Pitt said criticism on the field for this year's Open was not justified, noting that a tournament ten years ago the tournament was "in pretty bad shape".
He pointed out that the move of the Open to meet the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf in Melbourne had thrown it against the Dubai World Championship during the European Tour, making it difficult to attract top players, but the tournament has four of the top to offer. 50 players in the world.
"I think for ourselves, and we are apparently really exposed to it, but we see the younger players coming through, so for us we come to a point in the Australian wave where the stick is over and players like Cam Smith and even Cam Davis, who won last year, both had great years and I think we see a moment when the baton is passed on to the new brigade.
"This week we have five amateurs in the field and they are all ranked in the top 20 amateur rankings in the world, so there is a lot of positivity there from previous years. & # 39;
Pitt said it was possible that the Open would run in the future around the Australian states, but added that the current contract with the New South Wales government extends to 2023. There are two & # 39; out & # 39; & # 39; clauses in that contract, meaning the Open will go to Melbourne in 2020 and 2022.
"It is difficult to move," he said. "That's the reality of the tournament life in Australia, the partnerships between state and government are absolutely crucial to the health of the tournament and eventually you have to make sure the tournament is financially viable and healthy before you can start some of those things .
"But we've been thinking about the future of how that could look like and how we could do it (turning the locations) and there are some ideas, but there's more to go through that bridge because we're contracted in New South Wales until 2023. We have thought a lot about how it could look like and how it could have a different reality. & # 39;