The New Zealand Open is a Tier One event co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and the Asian Tour in partnership with the Japan Golf Tour. Played along similar lines to the world-renowned Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland and the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in California, USA, the tournament hosts up to 152 amateur players, each partnering with a Professional in a two-man best-ball event, competing for the NZ Pro-Am Championship
In this unique Pro-Am format, professionals are effectively playing in two tournaments at the same time. One, as an individual for the New Zealand Open, and secondly as a member of a two-person Pro-Am team, competing for the NZ Pro-Am championship (carrying a separate prize purse split amongst the top 10 Professionals from each team).
NEW ZEALAND PRO-AM CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS EVENT
Each amateur will play with a professional in a two-person Pro-Am team for two rounds in a two-ball best-ball format, one round across two courses on the Thursday and Friday of the event.
On each hole, for the teams’ event, the best single net score from the two players will count towards the team score.
On the completion of the first two rounds a Pro-Am teams cut will be made with the leading 40 teams going through to the third round on the Saturday.
All amateurs who miss the two-round teams cut will play in the Jack’s Point Open Challenge, a separate one-day Pro-Am event at the magnificent Jack’s Point course.
After the third round, a final Pro-Am team cut will be made, with the best 10 teams going through to the final round.
New Zealand Open – Professionals
Each Professional will play one round across two courses (with each professional partnered by one amateur player).
After round two, the top 60 Professionals (plus ties) will proceed to rounds three and four competing for the New Zealand Open Championship with a minimum prize pool of NZD $1.25m.