Victoria Premier Denis Napthine
Victoria Minster for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher
Victoria Scores Another Sporting Coup – 2013 World Cup Of Golf
Victor P Taffa
Victoria can boast another major events coup, with Premier Denis Napthine today announcing Melbourne will host the prestigious 2013 World Cup of Golf.
“Securing this event for Melbourne reinforces our international reputation as the sporting capital of Australia.” Dr. Napthine said.
“I am delighted that Melbourne is the city of choice to host one of the oldest tournaments in professional golf and that it is returning to Australia after 25 years.”
“This event will showcase our world-renowned sandbelt region to a cumulative audience of 800 Million homes across 200 countries.”
The 57th World Cup of Golf will take place at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club from 21 to 24 November in the week following the Australian Masters.
Minster for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher said events such as the World Cup of Golf deliver excellent economic outcomes for Victoria.
“Staging major golf events deliver strong economic benefits to Victoria, with recent golf events in Melbourne attracting about 45,000 visitors and generating $105 million in economic impact.” Ms. Asher said.
“The 2013 World Cup of Golf is estimated to create between $25 Million to $30 Million in economic benefit to Victoria and will attract up to 9,000 interstate and international visitors.”
PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said he was thrilled that the World Cup of Golf will return to Australia, and to a city that has hosted the biggest and best international sporting events for many years.
“The Presidents Cup 2011 was the best in the event’s history, thanks, in no small part, to the support of the Australian sports fans, the Victorian Coalition Government and the Victorian Major Events Company.” Mr. Finchem said.
“With all of those ingredients still in place, plus Adam Scott’s win at the Masters in April, there is tremendous excitement for the 2013 World Cup.”
“I’m excited to hear that Royal Melbourne will host the World Cup 2013, and, if I qualify, I will definitely want to play the event.” Renowned Australian golfer and US Open winner Geoff Ogilvy said.
“Obviously, Melbourne is a special place to me, and The Presidents Cup 2011 in front of the great Aussie crowds was an unforgettable experience.” Mr. Ogilvy said.
In its 60 year history the now biennial World Cup of Golf has previously been played only three times in Australia, each time at Royal Melbourne.
The tournament has featured a roll call of golf’s greatest players such as Seve Ballesteros, Ernie Els, Ben Hogan, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlory, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Tiger Woods all having represented their respective countries in the event.
The 2013 World Cup of Golf marks another great date in Victoria’s impressive major events calendar, which this year also includes the World Premiere of King Kong, the much anticipated British and Irish Lions Tour, Melbourne Victory v Liverpool Football Club and the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces including Hollywood Costumes and Monet’s Garden.
Victoria’s major events contribute about $1.4 Billion to the major event industry and attract around 230,000 international visitors each year.