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Emirates Australian Open returns to Melbourne

Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth with his 2016 Stonehaven Cup.

The Emirates Australian Open will return to Melbourne in 2020 and 2022.

Dates and venues are yet to be determined, but in conjunction with the Victorian Government, Golf Australia is pleased to confirm that the two “release years” in the current eight-year contract to play in Sydney will be exercised on Melbourne’s famous Sandbelt.

Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt said the 2020 event would be the first since 2005 to be played outside Sydney.

"We're excited to see the national championship return to Melbourne in 2020 and 2022 and we know that the golf clubs and golfers of Victoria will be delighted to have the Emirates Australian Open played on Victorian soil again,” Pitt said.

“These tournaments will be played on two of our country’s greatest courses and we are expecting them to be wonderful events."

Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren was delighted that Melbourne would host the nation’s oldest continual professional event.

“Victorian golf fans have a lot to look forward to as we bring the Emirates Australian Open back to Melbourne after 15 years.”

“Thousands of travellers will be making their way to Victoria to see the world’s best in action, and we’ll be showcasing what we do best to millions more on television,” Eren said.

Mark Hardess, Australian Open tournament director for promoter Lagardère Sports, was also excited.

“The national open is one of the most prestigious events on the Australian sporting calendar and I’m delighted for the golf-loving fans of Victoria that the Emirates Australian Open will again be staged in Melbourne after a 15-year wait,” Hardess said.


Posted by Pip at
12/10/2017 07:46 PM
Best golf on the planet, obviously you have never pplayed golf in Scotland then.
Posted by doug at
12/10/2017 08:00 AM
About time too. Given that the Sandbelt / Peninsula area contains arguably the best golf on the planet, the Oz Open should be played in Victoria all the time. Victoria is the Home of Golf in this country.
Posted by Tricia Nagle at
11/10/2017 11:14 PM
Melbourne already stages The Masters Golf. The Australian Open Tennis. The Melbourne Cup. The AFL Grand Final. Home of Australian Sporting Hall of Fame .... why now the Australian Open Golf.? Smells like money had a hand in this the deal. Always talks!!! The Australian and the Australian Open go together. Easy to get to great spectator venue. Great weather. Great course. Ready wired for TV coverage. It won't have the same appeal in any case. Kel Nagle (family) was not a fan of the Melbourne links courses. Not really true to their name. The tournament should stay in Sydney. I could never imagine the AFL Final being held in Sydney!

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