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the Perth event into the World
Super 6 essentially quashed that
On that Thursday in
November 2009 when
Tiger Woods played his first
competitive stroke in Australia
for a dozen years by teeing off
in the first Australian Masters
held at Kingston Heath, I recall
privately pondering what the
mood at Huntingdale must have
been like that day and whether
the members in action were
thinking the same thing I was.
I felt a similar sensation last
summer when there was no gold
jacket presented for the first
time since 1978. T welve months
on, there’s sadly no other
explanation than to assume it’ll
never happen again.
It’s a pity, for our Masters
deserved a better send-off than
to slide silently into oblivion.
If it indeed had to die, it
closer to a state funeral than the
private burial it received.
Crown’ tournaments younger
than I am, meaning I can
remember almost every edition.
Strangely, I also liked its
shameless copying of the real
Masters at Augusta National,
right down to the tournament
logo and winner’s jacket.
Adopting Huntingdale Golf Club
as its home for so many years fit
that ethos, although when it was
decided the event should rotate
across the Melbourne Sandbelt I
agreed with the move. Likewise,
I loved the old February date
when we saw golf action during
what was normally a lull in
the season, although again
the move to the end of the year
made logistical sense.
So the loss of the Australian
Masters feels more devastating
than the demise of, say, the
Greg Norman International
or Canon Challenge. And the
silence around its passing only
heightens the loss. At one point,
rumours circulated that the
in-limbo Perth International
would effectively become the
The Golf Life Opinion by Steve Keipert
is missing on
the local golf
Open and PGA
Championship pass without
mention of their dear, departed
The Australian Masters was
regretfully announced as not
taking its place on the 2016 PGA
Tour of Australasia schedule for
the first time in 37 years, but the
message was ‘sold’ as it being
a one-year hiatus (although
plenty suspected it was the
beginning of the end). As the
calendar turned to 2017, nary
a mention of the gold-jacket
tournament could be heard.
“As part of IMG’s ongoing
evolution of its golf business,
the company is in the process
of re-imagining its Australian
Masters event to ensure the
delivery of a world-class
experience. To best execute
a change on this scale, the
Australian Masters will not be
played in 2016 and IMG will
unveil its plans for the event in
the coming months,” reads the
woefully out-of-date message on
the tournament’s website.
So here we are with December
in view and there has still been
not so much as a squeak of news
about the tournament – be it
good, bad or indifferent. No one
likes to spread bad news; I get it.
But silence leads to assumptions
and the only logical one to
make here is that the Australian
Masters is dead.
I’ve always felt a certain
affinity with our Masters. It’s
the only one of the ‘Triple
‘Silence leads to assumptions and the only logical one
to make here is that the Australian Masters is dead.’
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Peter Senior was acknowledging
Masters fans here in 2015, but he
might as well have been waving
goodbye to the tournament.
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