Australian Open officials have ditched the controversial double-cut used for the first time last year, but will stick to playing the men’s and women’s events on the same courses at the same time.
This December the tournament, which will offer a minimum $3.4m prizemoney, will be played in Sydney, with The Australian and The Lakes golf clubs set to host from Thursday, November 30.
PGA Tour winner Lucas Herbert was the first leading Australian male to commit to the event, with rising star Steph Kyriacou to be among the 84 players in the women’s field.
It will be the first time in 16 years the women’s Australian Open will be played in Sydney.
Golf Australia officials made a commitment to go again with the world-first format for a national open, which had both the men’s and women’s fields playing on the same course at the same time.