Allenby chooses South Africa over Australian PGA
BY iseekgolf.com | Australasian PGA Tour | 2002 Australian PGA Championship | Preview | 17 Oct 2002
Robert Allenby has announced that he will not be playing at this year’s Australian PGA Championship and instead will play in the Nedbank Challenge in South Africa. The tournament carries a first prize purse of US$2 million, the largest in the world. Allenby, who is currently ranked at number 20 in the world and the number one Australian, was to defend the title that he has won for the last two years at Royal Queensland.
Australian PGA tournament director Tony Roosenburg has said that he was bitterly disappointed by Allenby’s decision to play in South Africa, as the PGA had centred much of the promotion for the event around Allenby’s involvement.
The Australian PGA has moved to the Hyatt Regency Coolum, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, where it will be played for the next five years. Despite Allenby’s departure, the field for the tournament still includes many big names, including Greg Norman, John Daly, Peter Lonard, Paul Gow, Craig Parry, Stuart Appleby and most of the top Australian players.
Allenby says that he is still confirmed to play at the Australian Open and the Mastercard Masters.