Inside Golf : Inside Golf October 2014
from the ceo www.insidegolf.com.au | October 2014 15 Stephen Pitt CEO – Golf Australia Golf fans in for a treat I t’s hard not to be excited by the way things are shaping up for this year’s Emirates Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club from 27-30 November. The field is red-hot. It brings together the best in the world and the hottest talents in international golf. I’m pleased to confirm we’ve also been able to secure World Number 13 American Jordan Spieth to add to the excitement in Sydney. Spieth finished second at The Masters in April and it followed his breakthrough win last year on the PGA Tour at the John Deere Classic. With the win, Spieth became the youngest player to win on the PGA Tour in 82 years. We also recently confirmed World Number 2 Adam Scott would return to Sydney for the Open, looking to make amends for his narrow loss on the last hole at Royal Sydney. “I finished such an amazing month on such a disappointing note, and the result just gutted me for weeks in not winning the Australian Open,” Scott said to reporter Bernie McGuire recently. “I will be going back there with a chip on my shoulder. I don’t often get upset but I was really mad at myself because I was absolutely gutted in not being able to win last year.” Jordan Spieth (Photo: USGA) A spectacular Summer ahead T he 2014 PGA Tour of Australasia season got back underway last month with the inaugural Fiji International re- starting the chase for the 2014 Norman Von Nida Order of Merit medal. In front of one of the most spectacular backdrops ever seen for a tournament of this stature, long-time PGA Professional Steven Jeffress claimed the title at Natadola Bay taking home the biggest cheque of his career. Congratulations must go to ‘Jeffro’ for one of the most composed final rounds we’ve seen. In persistent wind, Steve carded 13 consecutive (and hard-earned) pars in the final round and finished as the only player to be under par for each round of the tournament. A well deserved win. The Fiji International kick- started what will now lead into the summer of golf, with player announcements now beginning for the end of year tournaments. So far it’s been confirmed that World No. 1 Rory McIlroy will be returning to Australian shores in 2014, as will World No. 2 Adam Scott, Jason Day, Jason Dufner, Victor Dubuisson, Geoff Ogilvy and a host of other Australian and international stars still to be confirmed. In great news for the fans, Adam Scott will play three of our Tour’s biggest events, the Emirates Australian Open, the Australian Masters and the Australian PGA Championship. It’s a wonderful reflection on Adam that he continues to support our events each year and I’m sure many will be cheering him on as he tries to go one better than in 2013 when he came so agonisingly close to the ‘Triple Crown.’ Outside of the tournament scene, golf rounds are on the increase around the country as the spring and summer months provide all of us with the opportunity to dust off the golf clubs. If you’re inspired by the recent success of our Pros and think you might need a helping hand with your own game before you get back out there this summer, be sure to check in with your local PGA Professional who will be able to put you back on the right path. If you’re not familiar with your local Pro, head to findapgapro.com.au so we can put you in contact. Finally, a big thank you to everyone who has supported the re-launched MyGolf program over the last few months. Working alongside Golf Australia, the program is a big step forward for the future growth of Australian golf and we hope to see many more juniors out and about at clubs and facilities in the coming months as a result. Brian Thorbur n CEO – PGA of Australia “So I will be playing at The Australian Club with real intent to make amends for what happened at Royal Sydney,” Scott continued. Adam also highlighted how fortunate we are that Rory has agreed to return to Sydney. Naturally most players want to defend their titles but we’re delighted Rory will come back and go head-to-head with Adam again. “It’s great that Rory has decided to return to defend his title and all credit to him because after the season he’s had this year it will be huge for golf in Australia that he’s decided to return,” Scott said of McIlroy. “Rory is doing Aussie golf a huge favour and it’s great the hottest guy in golf is going to come back down to Sydney and it’s good Australian golf is attracting that talent as it will be two years in a row we’re going to have one of the best players there is.” We’re also looking forward to having World Number 9 Jason Day back in Sydney - making it three of the world’s top 10 players in action in Sydney. All things considered, it’s a massive week in store for Australian golf fans. If you can’t be there in person, the Emirates Australian Open will be broadcast live on the Seven Network across all four days.
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