|Course(s)||2014 - Metropolitan Golf Club, rotates annually|
|Length||7,024 m (7,682 yards)|
|Tour(s)||PGA Tour of Australasia
European Tour (2006–09)
|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||268 Bradley Hughes (1998)|
|To par||−24 (as above)|
The Australian Masters is an annual golf tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia. The tournament was founded in 1979, and was co-sanctioned by the European Tour for the first time in 2006, 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, Victoria, Australia, but from 2009, a rotation system will be introduced and the event will be staged at different courses in the Melbourne area.
Home golfers have dominated the event, with former world number one Greg Norman having the most success, winning the Gold Jacket on six occasions. Overseas players to have taken the title include European Ryder Cup stars, Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie.
Since 2007, the Official World Golf Ranking has 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. 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.
The theme music for the television broadcast during the 1980s and 1990s was "Send Them Victorious" by Graham De Wilde.
As a sole-sanctioned event
|2014||Nick Cullen||279 (−9)||Metropolitan Golf Club|
|2013||Adam Scott (2)||270 (−14)||Royal Melbourne Golf Club|
|2012||Adam Scott||271 (−17)||Kingston Heath GC|
|2011||Ian Poulter||269 (−15)||Victoria Golf Club|
|2010||Stuart Appleby||274 (−10)||Victoria Golf Club|
As a European Tour co-sanctioned event
|2009 (2009)||Tiger Woods||United States||Kingston Heath GC||274||−14||2 strokes||Greg Chalmers|
|Sportsbet Australian Masters|
|2008 (2009)||Rod Pampling||Australia||Huntingdale GC||276||−12||Playoff||Marcus Fraser|
|2007 (2008)||Aaron Baddeley||Australia||Huntingdale GC||275||−13||Playoff||Daniel Chopra|
|2006 (2007)||Justin Rose||England||Huntingdale GC||276||−12||2 strokes|| Greg Chalmers
Years in brackets show the European Tour season the event fell into.
Prior to European Tour co-sanctioning
|2005||Robert Allenby (2)||271 (−17)PO|
|2004||Richard Green||271 (−17)PO|
|2003||Robert Allenby||277 (−11)PO|
|2002||Peter Lonard||279 (−9)PO|
|2001||Colin Montgomerie||278 (−10)|
|2000||Michael Campbell||282 (−10)|
|1999||Craig Spence||276 (−16)|
|1998||Bradley Hughes (2)||268 (−24)|
|1997||Peter Lonard||276 (−16)|
|1996||Craig Parry (3)||279 (−13)|
|1995||Peter Senior (2)||280|
|1994||Craig Parry (2)||282|
|1990||Greg Norman (6)||273|
|1989||Greg Norman (5)||280|
|1987||Greg Norman (4)||273|
|1984||Greg Norman (3)||285|
|1983||Greg Norman (2)||285|
As the tournament follows a rotation policy around the various courses in the Melbourne Sandbelt region, the course changes its location from year to year.
- "Huntingdale's hold on Australian Masters at an end". The Australian. 23 October 2008. Retrieved 28 October 2008.
- Linden, Julian (19 March 2009). "Woods to play in Australia for first time in over a decade". Reuters. Retrieved 19 March 2009.
- "Tiger Woods comes to Melbourne, costing taxpayers $1.5m". Herald Sun. 19 March 2009. Retrieved 19 March 2009.[dead link]
- IMG ties JBWere to Australian Masters extension