US and Australian golf bodies forge closer ties
Golf's US PGA Tour and the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia have signed a co-operation and golf development agreement, aimed at strengthening professional tournament golf in both the Australasian region and globally.
The alliance has already led to this November's World Cup of Golf being awarded to The Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne.
Ty Votaw, executive vice-president and chief global officer, PGA Tour, said: “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.”
Gavin Kirkman, chief executive of the PGA of Australia, which owns and oversees the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia, added: “The ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia and the (US) 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.”
Earlier this year, the European Tour strengthened its ties with the PGA Tour of Australasia, with David Pryles, the general manager of the PGA of Australia, joining the European Tour as its first commercial director in Australasia.