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Door still open for Woods at Aust Open

Golf's Australian Open could be spared from clashing with Tiger Woods' event in the Bahamas in December.

Door still open for Woods at Aust Open

Golf's Australian Open could be spared from clashing with Tiger Woods' event in the Bahamas in December.

TIGER WOODS reacts on the ninth green during the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California.
TIGER WOODS reacts on the ninth green during the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California. Picture:Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images

Tiger Woods and some of his star-studded American team could still be available for golf's Australian Open in the lead-up to the Presidents Cup in Melbourne.

The Open, to be held December 5-8 in Sydney, could be saved from clashing with Woods' own tournament in the Bahamas after US PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan and Woods' team admitted dates have not been confirmed.


Woods' elite 18-man Hero World Challenge was slated for the first week of December, which would pit it against the Open at The Australian Golf Club.

The Open is being staged a month later than previous years in order to lead in to the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne, where Woods will captain a star-studded American team.

With the October-November portion of the PGA Tour's 2019-20 schedule yet to be fully confirmed, Woods' Bahamas event could be moved to a slot now available in mid-November.

That space became free when a proposed PGA Tour event hosted by NBA star Steph Curry was scrapped and the fall series was rejigged.

Asked if dates for the Hero World Challenge were set in stone or whether discussions were ongoing, Monahan told AAP: "Discussions are ongoing across the board, yes. We are working through some of the complications; we've got considerations as it relates to our (entire) schedule."

Woods' team declined to comment but similarly did not rule out a move.

Although the Australian Open is of little concern to the PGA Tour, bringing Woods' event forward two weeks could spare the majority of the 12-man American team having to dash from the Bahamas to Melbourne.

The PGA Tour runs the Presidents Cup and is unlikely to want American stars arriving jetlagged just three days before its flagship teams event.

Monahan did concede an early arrival would be beneficial to the Presidents Cup.

"Obviously, you want them to be there as comfortable and as early and as adjusted as possible," Monahan said.

Australian Adam Scott, who shares the record (eight) for most Presidents Cup appearances for the International team, said the Australian Open would snare some of the American big guns regardless of Woods' event.

"I think they will get some of (the US team) ... the prospect of playing in Australia the week before the Presidents Cup is appealing," Scott said.

"I'd rather see most of the American team come down on Monday jetlagged," he added with a grin.

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