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Australasian Tour Kicks off in New Zealand

Local golfer, Ryan Fox, is the leading world ranked player in this week's field (Photo: Henry Peters )
New Zealanders Ryan Fox and Michael Hendry will spearhead the field on their home soil this week at the inaugural staging of the Rebel Sport Masters just north of Auckland.

Hendry, New Zealand's third highest world ranked men's player, and European Tour player Fox, his nation's No. 2 men's player behind Danny Lee, will no doubt command the most attention at host venue Wainui Golf Club.

The presence of the current New Zealand Open Champion Hendry and Fox in the field is a coup for event organisers with only modest prizemoney of AUD$100,000 up for grabs. 

Henry has always been keen to support the local events where possible.  “I always like to try and front up as much as I can on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, it doesn’t always help with the schedules clashing as much as they do but I love playing my home Tour, I always have,” said the Japan Tour regular

“For me I don’t only just look at an event like this as good preparation for next week but the Tour, I think deserves, for want of a better term, the better players to play it more often."

Also teeing it up are Kiwi Mark Brown and consistent Australian performer and former New Zealand PGA Champion Matthew Millar.

Other New Zealanders sure to generate interest are two of the country’s former leading amateurs, Nick Voke and James Anstiss, both having completed collegiate careers in the US and making their professional debuts this week along with Ryan Chisnall.

Wainui Golf Club only opened for play in late 2016 and, set amongst a rural backdrop, the Grant Puddicombe-designed layout makes its debut as a tournament venue.

The Rebel Sport Masters is the first of three PGA Tour of Australasia events in New Zealand over the next two months, followed by the New Zealand PGA Championship in Palmerston North in late February and the New Zealand Open in Queenstown in early March.




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