PGA Tour of Australasia (Redirected from PGA Tour of Australia)

PGA Tour of Australasia
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2023–24 PGA Tour of Australasia
FormerlyPGA Tour of Australia
Founded1973 (renamed PGA Tour of Australasia in 1991)
CountriesBased in Australia and New Zealand
Most titlesOrder of Merit titles:
Australia Greg Norman (6)
TV partner(s)Nine Network (Australia)
Fox Sports (Australia)
Sky Sport (New Zealand)
TV3 (New Zealand)
Von Nida Tour
Official website

The PGA Tour of Australasia, currently titled as the Challenger PGA Tour of Australasia for sponsorship reasons, is a professional golf tour for men, owned and operated by the PGA of Australia. Official events on the tour count for World Golf Ranking points. The tour is recognised as being founded in 1973 when the PGA of Australia instituted an Order of Merit. Despite always including at least one tournament in New Zealand, the tour was known as the PGA Tour of Australia until it adopted its current name in 1991 following the inclusion of three events in Asia.

Most of the leading players on the tour are Australian, with a smaller domestic contingent from New Zealand, but players from many other countries all over the world also participate. The very best Australasian players devote most of their time to the PGA Tour or the European Tour, typically returning home for events after the European and North American seasons end in mid-November, if they choose to play tournaments at home. Therefore, the Australasian Tour is a feeder for the larger tours. Some of the leading events are co-sanctioned by the European Tour to encourage higher ranked players to enter and to attract more sponsorship. Players with a background on the tour who have reached the world top 20 since the turn of the Millennium include Steve Elkington and Adam Scott. The leading tournaments on the tour include the Australian Open, the Australian PGA Championship, the Australian Masters and the New Zealand Open.

In November 2005 it was reported by the BBC that the tour was going through difficult times, with the schedule for the 2005/06 summer season reduced to six events, three of them co-sponsored by other tours. The Heineken Classic, which was the richest event in Australasia in 2005, was cancelled in 2006 due to the withdrawal of the sponsor. One factor in the tour's problems is the rise of the nearby Asian Tour. Tour chairman Wayne Grady, and player Mark Hensby both accused Australia's biggest golf icon Greg Norman, who is a US resident, of not doing enough to support the tour. Norman dismissed their comments.

To earn a PGA Tour of Australasia card, one must place in the top 40 of the tour's qualifying school. To retain a Tour card, a golfer must finish in the top 60 of the Order of Merit. Golfers ranked 61st–75th are given conditional status and those ranked 61st to 100th are given entry to the final stage of Q School. Those outside the top 100 lose their Tour cards unless exempt by other means, such as top twenty on the career money list.

A win earns a two-year exemption for most events. Events considered Tier 1 are given three-year exemptions. Five-year exemptions are given to Order of Merit winners and the tour's three largest events (Australian PGA Championship, Australian Open, and Australian Masters). Entry to The Open Championship is given to the Order of Merit winner and the top three non-exempt players from the Australian Open.

The top three players on the Order of Merit at the end of the season earn status to play on the European Tour for the following season.

OneAsia Tour

In January 2009, it was announced that there would be a new series of events across the Asia-Pacific region, to be organised by the PGA Tour of Australasia in co-operation with China Golf Association, the Japan Golf Tour, the Korean Golf Association and the Korean PGA. The aim of these events would be to raise the profile of professional golf in the region, and compete with the likes of the European Tour. The series would initially consist of six events, three in China, two in Australia and one in South Korea, with plans to expand to at least thirteen in 2010 as events in Japan were added, and over 20 by 2011.

The introduction of the OneAsia series has not been universally welcomed, with strong opposition coming from the Asian Tour in particular, with support from its members. All of the six events announced for 2009 were existing tournaments, including some already sanctioned by the Asian Tour. One of them, the Pine Valley Beijing Open, was called off a few weeks before it was due to be held. The organisers officially attributed this decision to the state of the course and a clash of dates with The Players Championship on the US-based PGA Tour, but some media commentators dismissed these reasons since the tournament had clashed with the Players Championship the previous year as well, and attributed the cancellation to sponsor discontent with the sanctioning changes.

OneAsia was discussed at the annual meeting of the International Federation of PGA Tours during the 2009 Masters Tournament. The Series would need to become a member of the Federation if it wishes to be able to award Official World Golf Ranking points in its own right. Points are currently available in all events due to those conferred by the PGA Tour of Australasia and the European Tour, as the Chinese and Korean tours are not Federation members. Under present arrangements it is unlikely that any new tournaments launched by OneAsia will receive ranking points, and could prove difficult to attract top players without them. At the meeting OneAsia and the Asian Tour both claimed that the game's powerbrokers understood the strength of their case, but neither received any public endorsements from the others members.


PGA Tour of Australasia events have mainly been held in Australia and New Zealand although in past seasons, tournaments that have been co-sanctioned with other tours, such as the Johnnie Walker Classic, have been held in several other countries, including India and Thailand.

There was a significant increase in the number of regular season tournaments in 2009, following the integration of the former Von Nida Tour events. Typically, only tournaments that were on the tour schedule prior to the merger were eligible for world ranking points. Beginning in 2012, all events will carry world ranking points, with the "State Based and Regional Tournaments" receiving a minimum of 6 points, compared with 16 points for regular events. The tour's flagship event, the Australian Open, awards a minimum of 32 points to the winner.

The tour's richest events are those that are co-sanctioned by the larger global tours, such as the European Tour. The Australian Open, Australian PGA Championship and Fiji International also featured elevated prize funds due to previously being part of the OneAsia Tour.

Australian Triple Crown

In Australia, the Triple Crown also refers to winning the three major domestic championships, the Australian Open, the Australian Masters and the Australian PGA Championship. Winning all three titles in the same season is a feat only achieved by Robert Allenby in 2005.

Order of Merit winners

Season Winner Points
2023–24 New Zealand Kazuma Kobori 841
2022–23 Australia David Micheluzzi 1,455
Season Winner Prize money (A$)
2021–22 Australia Jediah Morgan 190,409
2020–21 Australia Brad Kennedy 302,480
2019 New Zealand Ryan Fox 307,925
2018 Australia Jake McLeod 255,326
2017 Australia Brett Rumford 313,094
2016 Australia Matthew Griffin 239,445
2015 Australia Nathan Holman 346,702
2014 Australia Greg Chalmers (2) 254,525
2013 Australia Adam Scott (2) 538,620
2012 Australia Peter Senior (4) 268,292
2011 Australia Greg Chalmers 554,285
2010 Australia Geoff Ogilvy 459,900
2009 Australia Michael Sim 315,088
2008 New Zealand Mark Brown 440,027
2007 Australia Craig Parry (3) 442,004
2006 Australia Nick O'Hern 583,820
2005 Australia Adam Scott 545,429
2004 Australia Richard Green 365,017
2003 Australia Peter Lonard (2) 604,000
2002 Australia Craig Parry (2) 641,789
2000–01 Australia Aaron Baddeley 662,125
1999–2000 New Zealand Michael Campbell 936,810
1998–99 Australia Jarrod Moseley 330,798
1997–98 Scotland Andrew Coltart 316,107
1996–97 Australia Peter Lonard 484,534
1995 Australia Craig Parry 334,804
1994 Australia Robert Allenby (2) 199,645
1993 Australia Peter Senior (3) 243,504
1992 Australia Robert Allenby 309,063
1991 Australia Rodger Davis (2) 343,277
1990 Australia Rodger Davis 375,026
1989 Australia Peter Senior (2) 443,196
1988 Australia Greg Norman (6) 303,922
1987 Australia Peter Senior 94,492
1986 Australia Greg Norman (5) 111,211
1985 Australia Ossie Moore 60,786
1984 Australia Greg Norman (4) 83,190
1983 Australia Greg Norman (3)
1982 Australia Bob Shearer (4) 95,250
1981 Australia Bob Shearer (3) 56,982
1980 Australia Greg Norman (2) 57,701
1979 Australia Jack Newton 53,203
1978 Australia Greg Norman
1977–78 Australia Bob Shearer (2)
1976–77 United States Mark Lye
1975–76 Australia Bill Dunk
1974–75 Australia Bob Shearer 17,257
1973–74 Australia Stewart Ginn


Season Player of the Year Rookie of the Year
2023–24 New Zealand Kazuma Kobori
2022–23 Australia David Micheluzzi Australia Haydn Barron
2021–22 Australia Dimitrios Papadatos (2) No award
2020–21 Australia Brad Kennedy
2019 New Zealand Ryan Fox
2018 Australia Matthew Millar (2)
2017 Australia Dimitrios Papadatos
2016 Australia Adam Blyth
2015 Australia Matthew Millar
2002–2014: No awards
2000–01 Australia Aaron Baddeley Australia Aaron Baddeley
1999–2000 New Zealand Michael Campbell Australia Brett Rumford
1998–99 Australia Jarrod Moseley Australia Geoff Ogilvy
1994–1997: No awards
1993 Australia Peter Senior New Zealand Michael Campbell
1992 Australia Robert Allenby Australia Robert Allenby

Von Nida Tour

Between 2003 and 2008, the PGA Tour of Australasia ran a second-tier tour known as the Von Nida Tour (named after Australian golfer Norman Von Nida) which featured around ten events with purses in the region of A$100,000 each. The main tour events took place in the Southern Hemisphere summer, that is late one calendar year and early the next, while the Von Nida Tour events mainly took place in the local spring and autumn. However the money list was calculated for calendar years. From 2009, the Von Nida Tour merged into the PGA Tour of Australasia Tour.

Von Nida Tour Order of Merit winners

Season Winner Prize money (A$)
2008 New Zealand Michael Long 27,651
2007 Australia Andrew Bonhomme 41,497
2006 Australia Marc Leishman 54,679
2005 Australia Adam Bland 40,180
2004 Australia Kim Felton 46,500
2003 Australia Scott Hend 52,007

Earlier second-tier tours

Between 2000 and 2001, the PGA Tour of Australasia ran a second-tier tour known as the Development Tour.

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