It would be safe to bet that Tiger Woods will be in Australia for the third straight year, since the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne is scheduled in 2011. But which tournament will he play, that is the question.
Two golf events that may be scheduled at the same dates next year might prove disadvantageous for the other.
Organizers of the IMG which runs the Australian Masters want the same date for next year. However, it seems the Presidents Cup is also bent on scheduling its event on November 17 to 20.
“We would like this date. It’s critical to us,” said Mark Steinberg, head of IMG’s global golf division. “We feel like we took on the risk by moving to this date a few years ago, going up against some big events, and we made it successful. We feel we deserve to keep the date, now that it’s a coveted date for next year.”
The HongKong Tournament and the Aussie Masters, both co-sanctioned by the European Tour, were held at the same week a year ago. Top European Tour event Singapore Open, which featured three major champions this year, was also held simultaneously with the Aussie Masters.
The Australian Open in Sydney or the Australian PGA Championship in Coolum may be held a week before the Presidents Cup depending on the Australia Tour’s decision. If that happens, then Woods would not be playing.
If Woods has his way, the Masters would be held one week before the Presidents Cup which will be played in Australia’s top course, Kingston Heath.
“I think it would not only be a great tournament, but great preparation for all the American players to come down and play,” he said.
Players in the Presidents Cup may just get an exemption from the IMG. At the same time, players like Woods will have to wait until December 8, when the Australian Tour is set to meet to decide as to which tournament goes in that spot.
The Australasian Tour is to meet Dec. 8 and should decide then what tournament goes in that spot.