Australian Masters

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Australian Masters
Australian Masters logo.jpg
Tournament information
Location Melbourne, Australia
Established 1979
Course(s) 2015 - Huntingdale Golf Club
Organized by IMG
Tour(s) PGA Tour of Australasia
European Tour (2006–09)
Format Stroke play
Prize fund A$750,000
Month played November
Tournament record score
Aggregate 268 Bradley Hughes (1998)
To par −24 (as above)
Current champion
Australia Peter Senior
Huntingdale GC is located in Australia
Huntingdale GC
Huntingdale GC
Location in Australia

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.[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 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.[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]

Winners[edit]

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PGA Tour of Australasia event (2010–2015)
Year Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
Uniqlo Masters
2016–17: No tournament
2015 Peter Senior (3)  Australia Huntingdale 276 −8 2 strokes United States Bryson DeChambeau (a)
Australia Andrew Evans
Australia John Senden
BetEasy Masters
2014 Nick Cullen  Australia Metropolitan 279 −9 1 stroke Australia James Nitties
Australia Adam Scott
Australia Josh Younger
Talisker Masters
2013 Adam Scott (2)  Australia Royal Melbourne 270 −14 2 strokes United States Matt Kuchar
2012 Adam Scott  Australia Kingston Heath 271 −17 4 strokes England Ian Poulter
JBWere Masters
2011 Ian Poulter  England Victoria 269 −15 3 strokes Australia Marcus Fraser
2010 Stuart Appleby  Australia Victoria 274 −10 1 stroke Australia 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 Australia Greg Chalmers
Sportsbet Australian Masters
2008 2009 Rod Pampling  Australia Huntingdale 276 −12 Playoff Australia Marcus Fraser
MasterCard Masters
2007 2008 Aaron Baddeley  Australia Huntingdale 275 −13 Playoff Sweden Daniel Chopra
2006 2007 Justin Rose  England Huntingdale 276 −12 2 strokes Australia Greg Chalmers
Australia 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 United States Bubba Watson
2004 Richard Green  Australia 271 −17 Playoff Australia Greg Chalmers
Australia David McKenzie
2003 Robert Allenby  Australia 277 −11 Playoff Australia Jarrod Moseley
Australia Craig Parry
Australia Adam Scott
2002 Peter Lonard  Australia 279 −9 Playoff Australia Gavin Coles
Australia Adam Scott
Ericsson Masters
2001 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 278 −10 1 stroke Australia Nathan Green
2000 Michael Campbell  New Zealand 282 −10 4 strokes Australia Brett Rumford
1999 Craig Spence  Australia 276 −16 1 stroke Australia Greg Norman
1998 Bradley Hughes (2)  Australia 268 −24 5 strokes Australia Mathew Goggin
1997 Peter Lonard  Australia 276 −16 Playoff Australia Peter O'Malley
1996 Craig Parry (3)  Australia 279 −13 2 strokes Australia Bradley Hughes
Australian Masters
1995 Peter Senior (2)  Australia 280 −12 1 stroke Australia Wayne Grady
Australia Lucas Parsons
United States Tom Watson
Microsoft Australian Masters
1994 Craig Parry (2)  Australia 282 −10 3 strokes South Africa Ernie Els
1993 Bradley Hughes  Australia 281 −11 Playoff Australia Peter Senior
Pyramid Australian Masters
1992 Craig Parry  Australia 283 −9 3 strokes Australia Greg Norman
1991 Peter Senior  Australia 278 −14 1 stroke Australia Greg Norman
Australian Masters
1990 Greg Norman (6)  Australia 273 −19 2 strokes Australia Michael Clayton
England Nick Faldo
United States John Morse
1989 Greg Norman (5)  Australia 280 −12 5 strokes England Russell Claydon (a)
1988 Ian Baker-Finch  Australia 283 −9 Playoff Australia Roger Mackay
Australia Craig Parry
1987 Greg Norman (4)  Australia 273 −19 9 strokes Australia Peter Senior
1986 Mark O'Meara  United States 284 −8 1 stroke Australia David Graham
1985 Bernhard Langer  West Germany 281 −11 3 strokes England Nick Faldo
Australia Greg Norman
1984 Greg Norman (3)  Australia 285 −7 3 strokes Australia David Graham
West Germany Bernhard Langer
1983 Greg Norman (2)  Australia 285 −7 4 strokes West Germany Bernhard Langer
1982 Graham Marsh  Australia 289 −3 1 stroke Australia Stewart Ginn
1981 Greg Norman  Australia 289 −3 7 strokes Australia Terry Gale
Japan Norio Suzuki
1980 Gene Littler  United States 288 −4 Playoff Australia Rodger Davis
1979 Barry Vivian  New Zealand 289 −3 1 stroke Australia Bob Shearer

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

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Coordinates: 37°55′S 145°06′E / 37.92°S 145.10°E / -37.92; 145.10