A new event will close the 2022-23 ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia season with the National Tournament to be played at the National Golf Club on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria from March 30 to April 2.
The National’s Moonah course will host the season-ending tournament which will be played for a minimum prize pool of $200,000.
The new event has been locked for three years, and its first staging will finalize the Order of Merit. Players will compete for a place in the top three on the points table to earn a DP World Tour card, with the winner earning a start in the 151st Open Championship at Royal Liverpool next July.
There are plenty of other opportunities on offer this season with the next three players on the points list who are not already exempt on the DP World Tour receiving a bye into the final stage of the DP World Tour Qualifying School and the next seven receiving an exemption for the second stage. from Q-School.
The top five on the Order of Merit also receive a bye into the final leg of the Korn Ferry Tour Q-School, with the top 6-15 players receiving a bye into the second leg.
The many byes on offer should create a thrilling finale to the season and Nick Dastey, Tournament Director for the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, is delighted to add the domestic tournament to the schedule.
“The National is one of the best golf venues in the world, let alone Australia and the Moonah course will be the perfect setting to wrap up our season and confirm opportunities for our players overseas,” said Dastey.
“The move to a points-based order of merit this season adds an extra layer of significance to each event and it’s sure to end with an exciting ending.
“We are so grateful to The National for hosting and creating this three-year partnership. Earlier in the year, the PGA National Classic was played on the Gunnamatta course to give our members further opportunities to play after our schedule was impacted by Covid-19.
“This event was fantastic and this brand new tournament is going to be bigger and better, and an exciting way to close out the 2022-23 season.”
Captain of The National, John d’Apice, said: “Following the success of the 2022 event, we are delighted to be able to partner again with the PGA Tour of Australasia. It’s another opportunity for our members to feel proud of the club they belong to, as we are home to some of the best in Australasia. We have no doubt that the Moonah Course will provide the perfect backdrop for this event and look forward to being able to share the Cape Schanck experience with those looking around Australia, and of course, those visiting.
See the full ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia schedule here