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Australian Masters Moves To Royal Melbourne
Royal Melbourne, the venue for two Presidents Cups, is set to host the Australian Masters for the first time.
Masters owner and organiser IMG announced the 2013 tournament will be played on Royal Melbourne's world-famous composite course from November 14 to 17.
This year will mark the 35th anniversary of the Australian Masters and The Hon Minister for Sport and Recreation, Hugh Delahunty, welcomed the announcement and reinforced the Victorian Government’s support and backing of major events.
“The Victorian Government is delighted to support events like the Australian Masters as we continue to grow our event reputation around the world. We are looking forward to welcoming some of the world’s best golfers to our most famous sandbelt course and to showcasing Melbourne and Victoria to a global audience”, commented Minister Delahunty.
Senior Vice President and Global Managing Director-IMG Golf, Guy Kinnings, remarked: “Australian golf is fortunate to have such outstanding support from the Victorian Government and we are delighted and privileged to have the opportunity to stage the Masters at Royal Melbourne for the first time. It provides a great synergy with our “best in class” positioning to see the world’s best players on the best courses on the sandbelt.”
Adam Scott won last year's Australian Masters at Kingston Heath and the 2013 tournament promises to boast a strong field with IMG committed to bringing three of the top 25 players in the Official World Golf Rankings to compete.