NZ Golf Open To Return To Queenstown Next Year, Water Down NZ PGA Championship
The New Zealand Golf Open is returning to Queenstown next year "in a move that will water down the New Zealand PGA Championship," according to the APNZ. The Open tournament, a tier-one event on the PGA Tour of Australasia, will be held from Feb. 27-March 2 at The Hills Golf Course and Millbrook Resort "and will now also be co-sanctioned by the Japan Golf Tour." The purse for the event will be a minimum of NZ$850,000 ($669,290), "but that figure will be finalised once current stakeholder negotiations have been concluded." A return to Queenstown is "the result of New Zealand Golf, the PGA of New Zealand and Michael Hill Tournaments Limited coming to an agreement on the future structure of major men's golf tournaments in New Zealand." The parties have "agreed to pool resources with the aim of creating one iconic tournament," but it means the New Zealand PGA Championship will "initially be continued on a smaller scale" (APNZ, 7/9).