SYDNEY, Nov. 8 (Reuters) – Australia’s top professionals will compete for the Karrie Webb Trophy in Australia’s inaugural WPGA Championship alongside the men’s equivalent at Royal Queensland in January, organizers said on Monday.
A restricted field of 24 players, including 2019 PGA Women’s Championship winner Hannah Green, will compete for the top prize of A $ 180,000 ($ 133,164) and a trophy named after seven-time major champion Webb.
“I am honored that my name can feature on the WPGA Australian Championship trophy, but I am even more excited that the top Australian players have another big name event to play,” Webb said in a press release.
“Playing at the Australian Women’s Open and the Australian Ladies Masters has been essential to my development … so I know what having another 72 hole championship will mean for the future of professional golf. female in Australia. “
The two tournaments will be held simultaneously at the Royal Queensland Golf Club in Brisbane from January 13-16 next year, but organizers have said there are plans for the Women’s Championship to be a stand-alone event from 2023.
The Australian Men’s PGA Championship, which counts Peter Thomson, Greg Norman and Adam Scott among its former winners, was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2021 men’s and women’s Australia Opens have also been canceled due to uncertainties surrounding travel to Australia, which still has international and state border restrictions. Read more
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Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Peter Rutherford
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