In the week from 21 to 27 November the golf events are always many and interesting, even with both the Female and Male Major Tours they will be on break for this week. The LPGA has just finished the last event of the 2022 season, while the PGA Tour gives space to the double leg of the DP World Tour (and PGA Australia), to resume the following week, from 1 to 4 December with the Hero World Challenge.
DP World Tour - Fortinet Australian PGA Championship The Fortinet Australian PGA Championship returns to the DP World Tour calendar, thanks to the strategic agreement signed with the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia last January, which will last until 2026.
The tournament takes place at the Royal Queensland Golf Club in Brisbane for the fourth consecutive time since 2020 and sees 156 players on the field. The last time it took place here was last January (as a tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia), when Jediah Morgan took his first career win.
He did it in style, beating his Australian colleague Andrew Dodt with an 11-stroke lead. Defending champion Morgan will be on the field this week to defend his title and his home flag. The last time the event was part of the DP World Tour (then European Tour) calendar was in 2019, when another Australian, former world number 1 Adam Scott, won it for the second time after.
his first win in 2013. Scott recently approached his former caddy Steve Williams to try to recover his best form. This week's tournament will be the first in which the pair work together again and the player is confident of a notable performance to secure his third win at the event.
Another champion with two wins in this tournament is world No. 3 Cameron Smith. The Australian won it in two consecutive years (2017 and 2018) and, according to experts, he will be the favorite on the pitch. New Zealander Ryan Fox finished second to Rory McIlroy in the Race to Dubai 2022 rankings after last week's DP World Tour Championship (and is 27th in the world rankings) and hopes to put that disappointment behind him with a solid start to the 2023 season.
. Other players to watch include Danish twins Nicolai and Rasmus Højgaard, who will compete for a prize pool of Australian dollars 2 million (approximately US $ 1.3 million) among the many champions. The only Italian on the field will be Andrea Pavan who we will be able to follow on GOLFTV / DISCOVERY + and EUROSPORT, with the comments of Maurizio Trezzi and Federico Colombo on the following programming: DP World Tour - Joburg Open
The DP World Tour never stops and after the close of the season last week in Dubai, the new one (2022-23) reopens with a double appointment: not only in Australia but also in South Africa for the Joburg Open.
The tournament, which has been a fixture on the European Tour Calendar since 2007, will be played from 24 to 27 November and is co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour. South African Thriston Lawrence will be on the field to defend his title and says he is ready to take on the challenge in the new venue: the Houghton Golf Club, PAR 72 in Johannesburg.
Lawrence returns after writing the history of the Joburg Open and South African golf in 2021, becoming the first winner of the new era of the DP World Tour. he is ranked 42nd and more: the young 25-year-old also added a second victory on the Tour, taking home 1st place at the Omega European Masters in August.
“The Joburg Open is very special to me because it has opened many doors to my career,” said Lawrence. “It was my first DP World Tour title, which also earned me a spot in my first Major… a lifelong dream come true!”.
There will be three blues on the pitch: Renato Paratore, Lorenzo Scalise and Francesco Laporta, already on the pitch after an intense week spent at the Final Stage of the Qualifying Schools 2022.