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The Australian Masters was an annual golf tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia held in Victoria, Australia from 1979 to 2015.

Australian Masters
Australian Masters logo.jpg
LocationMelbourne, Australia
Established1979
Course(s)2015 - Huntingdale Golf Club
Organized byIMG
Tour(s)PGA Tour of Australasia
European Tour (2006–09)
FormatStroke play
Prize fundA$750,000
Month playedNovember
Aggregate268 Bradley Hughes (1998)
To par−24 (as above)
Australia Peter Senior
Huntingdale GC is located in Australia
Huntingdale GC
Huntingdale GC
Location in Australia

The tournament was co-sanctioned by the European Tour from 2006 to 2009, with a significant 20% increase in the prize fund. Because the tournament is played late in the calendar year, in November or December, it formed part of the following year's European Tour schedule from 2006 through 2008. With the European Tour's decision to realign its schedule with the calendar year for 2010, the 2009 event was the first to be part of the current calendar year's tour schedule. The co-sanctioning with the European Tour was dropped after the 2009 event.

Until 2008, the Australian Masters was always held at the Huntingdale Golf Club in South Oakleigh. From 2009, a rotation system was introduced and the event was staged at different courses in the Melbourne area.[1]

Home golfers have dominated the event, with former world number one Greg Norman having the most success, winning the Gold Jacket on six occasions. Two other Australians have also won three times – Craig Parry and Peter Senior. Overseas players to have taken the title include European Ryder Cup stars, Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie.

Since 2007, the Official World Golf Ranking awarded at least 20 points to Australian Masters winners. Some editions have had top American and European players, which increased the points to 32 in 2011, 30 in 2010 and 28 in 2009.

On 18 March 2009 the Victorian State Government announced a major coup, confirming that then World Number 1 Tiger Woods would play in the 2009 event at its new venue, Kingston Heath.[2] The announcement caused a minor public backlash due to 50% of Woods' A$3 million appearance fee being paid by taxpayer funds. Woods' appearance was tipped to generate close to A$20 million for the Victorian economy via tourism and other related areas.[3]

The event is owned by IMG.[4] The event was not played in 2016 and its future is reported to be in doubt.[5]

WinnersEdit

[6][7]

PGA Tour of Australasia event (2010–2015)
Year Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
Uniqlo Masters
2015 Peter Senior (3)   Australia Huntingdale 276 −8 2 strokes   Bryson DeChambeau (a)
  Andrew Evans
  John Senden
BetEasy Masters
2014 Nick Cullen   Australia Metropolitan 279 −9 1 stroke   James Nitties
  Adam Scott
  Josh Younger
Talisker Masters
2013 Adam Scott (2)   Australia Royal Melbourne 270 −14 2 strokes   Matt Kuchar
2012 Adam Scott   Australia Kingston Heath 271 −17 4 strokes   Ian Poulter
JBWere Masters
2011 Ian Poulter   England Victoria 269 −15 3 strokes   Marcus Fraser
2010 Stuart Appleby   Australia Victoria 274 −10 1 stroke   Adam Bland
PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour event (2006–2009)
Year European
season
Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
JBWere Masters
2009 2009 Tiger Woods   United States Kingston Heath 274 −14 2 strokes   Greg Chalmers
Sportsbet Australian Masters
2008 2009 Rod Pampling   Australia Huntingdale 276 −12 Playoff   Marcus Fraser
MasterCard Masters
2007 2008 Aaron Baddeley   Australia Huntingdale 275 −13 Playoff   Daniel Chopra
2006 2007 Justin Rose   England Huntingdale 276 −12 2 strokes   Greg Chalmers
  Richard Green
PGA Tour of Australasia event (1979–2005)
Year Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
MasterCard Masters
2005 Robert Allenby (2)   Australia 271 −17 Playoff   Bubba Watson
2004 Richard Green   Australia 271 −17 Playoff   Greg Chalmers
  David McKenzie
2003 Robert Allenby   Australia 277 −11 Playoff   Jarrod Moseley
  Craig Parry
  Adam Scott
2002 Peter Lonard (2)   Australia 279 −9 Playoff   Gavin Coles
  Adam Scott
Ericsson Masters
2001 Colin Montgomerie   Scotland 278 −10 1 stroke   Nathan Green
2000 Michael Campbell   New Zealand 282 −10 4 strokes   Brett Rumford
1999 Craig Spence   Australia 276 −16 1 stroke   Greg Norman
1998 Bradley Hughes (2)   Australia 268 −24 5 strokes   Mathew Goggin
1997 Peter Lonard   Australia 276 −16 Playoff   Peter O'Malley
1996 Craig Parry (3)   Australia 279 −13 2 strokes   Bradley Hughes
Australian Masters
1995 Peter Senior (2)   Australia 280 −12 1 stroke   Wayne Grady
  Lucas Parsons
  Tom Watson
Microsoft Australian Masters
1994 Craig Parry (2)   Australia 282 −10 3 strokes   Ernie Els
1993 Bradley Hughes   Australia 281 −11 Playoff   Peter Senior
Pyramid Australian Masters
1992 Craig Parry   Australia 283 −9 3 strokes   Greg Norman
1991 Peter Senior   Australia 278 −14 1 stroke   Greg Norman
Australian Masters
1990 Greg Norman (6)   Australia 273 −19 2 strokes   Michael Clayton
  Nick Faldo
  John Morse
1989 Greg Norman (5)   Australia 280 −12 5 strokes   Russell Claydon (a)
1988 Ian Baker-Finch   Australia 283 −9 Playoff   Roger Mackay
  Craig Parry
1987 Greg Norman (4)   Australia 273 −19 9 strokes   Peter Senior
1986 Mark O'Meara   United States 284 −8 1 stroke   David Graham
1985 Bernhard Langer   West Germany 281 −11 3 strokes   Nick Faldo
  Greg Norman
1984 Greg Norman (3)   Australia 285 −7 3 strokes   David Graham
  Bernhard Langer
1983 Greg Norman (2)   Australia 285 −7 4 strokes   Bernhard Langer
1982 Graham Marsh   Australia 289 −3 1 stroke   Stewart Ginn
1981 Greg Norman   Australia 289 −3 7 strokes   Terry Gale
  Norio Suzuki
1980 Gene Littler   United States 288 −4 Playoff   Rodger Davis
1979 Barry Vivian   New Zealand 289 −3 1 stroke   Bob Shearer

Note: all editions until 2009 were played at Huntingdale Golf Club.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Huntingdale's hold on Australian Masters at an end". The Australian. 23 October 2008. Retrieved 28 October 2008.
  2. ^ Linden, Julian (19 March 2009). "Woods to play in Australia for first time in over a decade". Reuters. Retrieved 19 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Tiger Woods comes to Melbourne, costing taxpayers $1.5m". Herald Sun. 19 March 2009. Archived from the original on 22 March 2009. Retrieved 19 March 2009.
  4. ^ Connolly, Eoin (6 April 2010). "IMG ties JBWere to Australian Masters extension". SportsPro.
  5. ^ Gould, Russell (30 March 2016). "Australian Masters 2016 called off and the future of the event remains unclear". Herald Sun.
  6. ^ "AUSTRALIAN MASTERS". users.tpg.com.au. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  7. ^ https://www.where2golf.com/golf-tournament/australian-masters.asp

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