Next year’s Australian PGA championship will precede the Australian Open so it can accommodate the Presidents Cup in mid-December at Royal Melbourne.

Officials said the 2019 Australian PGA will be played at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1, a week ahead of the Australian Open (Dec. 8-11 at The Australian in Sydney) and the Presidents Cup (Dec. 12-15).

Belgium's Thomas Detry, left, and Thomas Pieters pose with the winning trophy during the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
Belgium’s Thomas Detry, left, and Thomas Pieters pose with the winning trophy during the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

This year, the Open, won by Mexico’s Abraham Ancer, preceded the PGA by two weeks, with the World Cup of Golf at Metropolitan in Melbourne in between.

The World Cup team event was won by Belgians Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry, with Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman, representing Australia, tied for second.

Australia's Marc Leishman, left, and Cameron Smith shake hands during the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
Australia’s Marc Leishman, left, and Cameron Smith shake hands during the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

This year’s Australian PGA begins Thursday with defending champion Smith and Leishman among the entries.

Also entered are Geoff Ogilvy, who was named as a captain’s assistant on Sunday by captain Ernie Els for the Presidents Cup, England’s Andrew (Beef) Johnston and American Harold Varner III, who has won, finished second in a playoff and finished sixth in three Australian PGAs at Royal Pines.

El mexicano Abraham Ancer besa el trofeo luego de ganar el Abierto de Australia, el domingo 18 de noviembre de 2018, en Sydney (AP Foto/Rick Rycroft)
El mexicano Abraham Ancer besa el trofeo luego de ganar el Abierto de Australia, el domingo 18 de noviembre de 2018, en Sydney (AP Foto/Rick Rycroft)

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Source: The Associated Press

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