2013 Australian Open heading to Royal Sydney

All of the dates for Australia’s biggest professional golf tournaments are now set for 2013 with the announcement today by Golf Australia that Royal Sydney will host the 2013 Australian Open on November 28 – December 1.

Rumours that Royal Sydney would host the Australian Open again were circulating last November when Peter Senior surprised everyone by winning The Stonehaven Trophy at The Lakes Golf Club.

After the dates for the Australian PGA Championship and the Australian Masters were locked in earlier this month, and the Western Australian Swing occupying the October dates, a late November position for Australia’s oldest professional golf tournament always looked likely.

While I understand that the Australian Masters and Australian Open are managed by two different organisations, I wonder whether it would have been ideal to run them back to back rather than skipping a weekend in between.

Here is how the 2013 summer of golf in Australia is shaping up:

Dates Tournaments Golf Course
3 Oct – 6 Oct WA Goldfields PGA Championship Kalgoorlie GC
10 Oct – 13 Oct WA Open Championship Mt Lawley
17 Oct – 20 Oct Perth International Lake Karrinyup
7 Nov – 10 Nov Australian PGA Championship Royal Pines, Gold Coast
14 Nov – 17 Nov Australian Masters Royal Melbourne
28 Nov – 1 Dec Australian Open Royal Sydney