The season is marked by back-to-back tournaments co-sanctioned by the DP World Tour – the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship in Brisbane and the groundbreaking ISPS HANDA Australian Open in Melbourne which will feature men’s, women’s and the All Abilities National Championship as well as the New Zealand Open presented by Sky Sports. The full season is expected to be played for over $8 million.
The Australian Open returns to the calendar after a two-year absence caused by the pandemic and travel restrictions, as does the New Zealand Open, which will be played at Millbrook Resort near Queenstown.
The Australian Open men’s tournament and the PGA Championship will be co-sanctioned by the DP World Tour as part of the Australasian Tour roster.
The 2022-23 Australasian Tour season begins in Kalgoorlie in October with the WA PGA Championship, followed by the WA Open at the Western Australian Golf Club in Perth.
The Summer of Golf features tournaments across the country from Kalgoorlie to the Hunter Valley, Cobram Barooga, Gippsland, the Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth culminating in a season finale at the end of March in Victoria with Tournament details to be confirmed.
The Webex Players Series will return for a third year following the success of the mixed format last year, highlighted by Hannah Green’s historic win at TPS Murray River. All four tournaments will again be co-sanctioned with the WPGA Tour of Australasia, as will the Australian Open and the Vic Open, giving golf fans a taste of the mixed golf that has proven to be such a winner. over the past two seasons. .
The innovative Gippsland Super 6 returns to Warragul Country Club with its popular series of six-hole matches between players.
The ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia is an important launch pad for Australasian golfers to reach the world stage, again providing premier routes to the DP World Tour and Korn Ferry Tour:
- The top three in the Order of Merit receive a DP World Tour playing card for the following season, with the next three receiving a bye into the Q-School final stage, the next seven receiving a bye into the second leg of Q- School.
- The winner of the Order of Merit receives starts in various major tournaments in world golf, including the Open Championship.
- The top 5 in the Order of Merit receive a bye for the final leg of the Korn Ferry Tour Q-School, with the top 6-15 receiving a bye for the second leg.
PGA of Australia chief executive Gavin Kirkman said he was excited about the packed schedule for 2022-23.
“What I love about it are the pathways it creates for our exciting generation of future Australian stars,” Kirkman said. “We have been working hard to rebuild the schedule after Covid knocked everyone out in the tournament space, and having the Australian Open and New Zealand Open stronger than ever really makes a difference.
“Additionally, the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship at Royal Queensland last season and the recent addition of the four Webex Player Series tournaments have all been extremely popular across the country.
“Overall it’s a fantastic 2023 calendar with room for even more tournaments in the future, and we can’t wait for it to start later this year.”
Nick Dastey, Tournament Director for the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, said the tour offers some of the best opportunities in the world for professional golfers.
“We’re thrilled the calendar has come together like this,” Dastey said.
“Having two tournaments co-sanctioned with the DP World Tour is fantastic, with the winner getting automatic entry into the DP World Tour, a sensational opportunity for any young player.
“There are a number of long-running tournaments on the calendar that have returned for the 2022/23 season and we are delighted to see the next wave of golfers making Australasian golfing history.
“It’s a solid calendar that offers a lot of opportunities for the players, and the courses are incredible.”
COMPLETE PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA PROGRAM
|October 10-16||CKB WA PGA, presented by TX Civil & Logistics||Kalgoorlie Golf Club||$200,000|
|October 17-23||Open Washington||Western Australia Golf Club||$162,500|
|November 7-13||VIC PGA||Moonah Links Resort||$200,000|
|November 14-20||PGA of Queensland||Nudgee Golf Club||$200,000|
|November 21-28||Australian PGA Fortinet Championship||Royal Queensland Golf Club||$2,000,000|
|November 29-December 4||ISPS HANDA Australian Open||Victoria Golf Club and Kingston Heath Golf Club||$1,700,000|
|December 5-11||Gippland Super 6||Warragul Country Club||$175,000|
|January 23-29||TPS Victoria hosted by Geoff Ogilvy||Rosebud Country Club||$200,000|
|January 30-February 5||TPS Murray River in honor of Jarrod Lyle||Cobram Barooga Golf Club||$200,000|
|TBD February||Open VIC||To be determined||To be determined|
|February 13-19||TPS Sydney presented by Webex hosted by Braith Anasta||Bonnie Doon Golf Club||$200,000|
|February 20-26||TPS Hunter Valley hosted by Jan Stephenson and Peter O’Malley||Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort||$200,000|
|February 27-March 5||New Zealand Open presented by Sky Sport||Millbrook Resort||$1,400,000|
|March 6-12||New Zealand PGA Championship||Auckland||$150,000|
|March 13-19||Play today NSW Open||To be determined||$400,000|
|Late March – Season Finale||To be determined||To be determined||$200,000|