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Not long to wait for fans of tournament golf

Spieth the first to defend a title in 2017 (Photo: Bruce Young)
With the 2016 golfing year all but over, golf fans now switch their attention to 2017 and the start of tournament golf on the world’s various tours. They will not have to wait long.

First out of the blocks is the PGA Tour which plays its traditional year opener at the Plantation Course in Kapalua where the SBS Tournament of Champions gets under way on January 5th, Jordan Spieth defending the title he won by a massive eight shots over Patrick Reed as he looked then to continue what had been a stunning 2015 season.

It will have been some time since five Australians are eligible to play the Tournament of Champions, the event restricted to winners on the PGA Tour the previous season although Jason Day is likely to delay his return  from injury until the Farmers Insurance Open at arguably his favourite venue at Torrey Pines.   

That event is followed by the Sony Open in Honolulu the very next week, then the Career Builder Challenge at La Quinta and the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines to round out January.

The European Tour begins its 2017 in Gauteng in South Africa with the playing of the BMW South African Open before three events in the Middle East.

The Web.Com Tour’s 2017 season commences on January 28th when the first of several events in Central and South America is played, the Panama Claro Championship in Panama City getting the season underway.  

The LPGA Tour does not get underway until Thursday January 26th with the playing of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic in the Bahamas, followed three weeks later by the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open in Adelaide and it then heads to Asia for events in Thailand and Singapore.

The Asian Tour completes its Stage One Qualifying in the first week of January and then the Final Stage in the middle of January before playing its first actual event when co sanctioning the Singapore and Myanmar Opens with the Japan Tour in late January.

The Japan Tour will play those two events but their domestic season does not begin until the traditional season opener, the Token Homemate Cup in Nagoya in mid-April  

On the local front, the PGA Tour of Australasia commences with the Final Stage of Qualifying for the 2017 schedule when that is played at the Sandhurst Golf Club in Melbourne in mid-January.

The first of a likely twelve event Australasian Tour schedule follows in early February with the staging of the Victorian PGA Championship at the Huntingdale Golf Club followed by the Victorian Open at 13th Beach Golf links on the Bellarine Peninsula and the new format World Super 6 event at Lake Karrinyup in Perth. The Tour then heads to New Zealand in March for the New Zealand PGA event in Palmerston North and the New Zealand Open near Queenstown in March.

The Australian Ladies Professional Golf calendar begins with a series of pro-ams through NSW and Queensland in January and February including the inaugural Gold Coast Challenge on the Gold Coast before the Oates Victorian Open and ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

 

 

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