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DP, double destination for the opening week

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Double destination for the opening week of the 2022-2023 season of the DP World Tour. On the one hand, in fact, we go to Australia, for the Australian PGA Championship in Brisbane (co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia), on the other to South Africa for the Joburg Open, which became famous last year for the stampede of players caused by an important Covid-19 alert.

Dp, double destination

As for the Aussie event, which takes place at the Royal Queensland Golf Club, very few non-Australians have managed to conquer it: Gary Player (South Africa) in 1957 when it was played as match play, Hale Irwin (USA) in 1978, Sam Torrance (Scotland) in 1980, Seve Ballesteros (Spain) in 1981, Andrew Coltart (Scotland, 1994 and 1997), David Howell (England) in 1998, Harold Varner III (USA) in 2016.

As per tradition, there are a bit of all the Aussies in the field in the field, although it remains to understand the welcome to Cameron Smith after the winner of the Open Championship in St. Andrews has moved on to LIV Golf.

Adam Scott and Geoff Ogilvy add extra quality; from abroad come the Polish Adrian Meronk and the two Højgaards, from closer areas (in theory, since he is also from the European part of the tour) the New Zealander Ryan Fox.

Italy fielded only Andrea Pavan at the start. At the Joburg Open, an event with a much more recent history (it started in 2007), the main home attractions are Thriston Lawrence, Wilco Nienaber, Christiaan Bezuidenhout and several other protagonists on the DP World Tour and beyond in recent seasons.

Foreign competitiveness is ensured by the Finnish Sami Valimaki, the English bloc and the French Romain Langasque. Italy brings three men, Renato Paratore, Lorenzo Scalise and Francesco Laporta. The PGA European Tour is an organization that encompasses the three professional golf circuits in Europe: the European Tour, the European Seniors Tour and the Challenge Tour.

Its headquarters are located at the Wentworth Club in Virginia Water (Surrey, UK). The PGA European Tour is the main golf organization in Europe and the second in importance worldwide, after the American PGA Tour. The body was created by the British Professional Golfers Association, and became continental in scope in 1984, when responsibilities passed to an independent organisation.

Most of the events organized by this association in any of its three categories take place in Europe, but in recent years tournaments associated with this organization have emerged and are held in other continents such as Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Events organized in Europe are usually held in former Western European countries, mainly the UK, where golf has its origins and a significant fan base. As in its American counterpart, the four major tournaments are part of the official calendar of the European Tour despite being organized independently (Augusta Masters, United States Open, British Golf Open and PGA Championship).

Also part of the European calendar are the World Series of Golf tournaments (WGC Match Play, WGC-Cadillac Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and WGC-HSBC Champions), which are organized jointly by the main professional golf circuits.

The PGA European Tour is a player-controlled organization whose main purpose is to increase the number of tournaments and professional players. The organization is run by a team of professionals that is controlled by the members through a board of directors made up of 12 players, both active and retired, and a committee of 14 active players. The PGA European Tour also runs the Ryder Cup in collaboration with the American PGA.

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