PGA Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia strengthen ties

The PGA Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia golf organisations have signed a cooperation agreement that will seek to develop the sport both in the Australasian region and worldwide.

The agreement was announced yesterday (Monday), but came into effect on December 4, and is designed to further strengthen the relationship between the two organisations.

The two tours have worked together for some time, co-sanctioning, along with other governing bodies, the four World Golf Championships and the World Cup of Golf. Melbourne is due to host the 2018 World Cup of Golf from November 21-25 in what will mark the sixth time that Australia has staged the event.

“We have always valued our association with the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia, as numerous significant events in our history have occurred in Australia,” PGA Tour executive vice-president and chief global officer Ty Votaw said.

“Australian players have also been pivotal in the history of the Tour, whether it has been World Golf Hall of Famers David Graham, Kel Nagle, Greg Norman or Peter Thomson, or Players Championship winners such as Greg Norman, Jason Day (pictured), Adam Scott and Steve Elkington – and so many others.”

Gavin Kirkman, chief executive of the PGA of Australia, which owns and oversees the PGA Tour of Australasia, added: “The ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia and the PGA Tour have always shared a productive relationship, and this agreement is a great fit for us as we look to grow and enhance golf in the Australasian region.

“This agreement will provide assistance in the development of opportunities that grow the game of golf in Australia and also an ability to further the profile of Australia’s golfing talent.”

The Royal Melbourne Golf Club has also twice hosted the Presidents Cup, the biennial team event contested by the US and the rest of the world, with the exception of Europe. The course will also host the event in 2019.