Some great news for Australian golf today with Channel Seven agreeing to broadcast the 2012 Australian Open.
Just as golf seemed to be slipping off of free-to-air television in Australia, Channel Seven has popped out of the golfing wilderness to claim the broadcasting rights to the 2012 Australian Open.
It has been quite some time since Seven have covered Australian golf who were once the main broadcasters of all Australian tournaments, especially through the 1980s and 90s. They’ve locked in an agreement which will seem them broadcast all four days of the Australian Open from 12 – 5pm which is good news for the tournament and for tournament sponsors, many of whom were locked in based on free-to-air TV coverage.
The 2012 Emirates Australian Open will be hosted at The Lakes in Sydney this year (Dec 6 – 9) with Tom Watson, Adam Scott, Greg Chalmers and Geoff Ogilvy all confirmed starters for one of the world’s most prestigious tournaments.
Don’t believe me about how prestigious the Australian Open is (or at least should be considered)? There was once a time it was universally accepted as the fifth major and you only need to take a look at the names on the Stonehaven Trophy to see why. It’s full of names such as Jack Nicklaus (six time winner), Gary Player (seven wins), Peter Thomson, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Gene Sarazen and Bobby Locke.
It is still one of the world’s most prestigious, oldest golf tournaments and I think it’s up to Australian golf fans to remember it. It’s up to many of us to put it back on the map.
Australian Open golf tickets are now on sale, and if you can’t to the event there is now no excuses not to watch it.