Sydney, September 26: Fan favourite Jhonattan Vegas will play the 2016 Emirates Australian Open on OneAsia in November.
The Venezuelan is one of the most entertaining players on the US PGA Tour and reached the recently concluded Tour Championship, where he finished tied 24th, on the back of five top-10 finishes, including a win in the Canadian Open in July.
Also appearing at Royal Sydney Golf Club from November 17-20 will be Jhonattan’s brother Julio. The duo will represent Venezuela at the World Cup of Golf the following week.
It is the first time either Vegas sibling has competed for the Stonehaven Cup.
“I am excited to make my first trip to play at the Emirates Australian Open and I especially look forward to being a part of an event that has great history and tradition,” said Jhonattan.
“With so many Aussies on the US PGA Tour, I have heard so many great things about Australia and the Australian Open. I can’t wait to explore all that Sydney has to offer – the pictures of Sydney Harbour and the surrounding beaches look absolutely amazing.
“Playing against my brother, Julio, at Royal Sydney will make the week even more special. I appreciate Golf Australia providing us with this opportunity.”
Tournament director Trevor Herden said Vegas, 32, would instantly draw a crowd – just as he did when he fired a sublime 60, including a hole-in-one, in this year’s Barbasol Classic in Alabama.
“He’ll be one of the best ball strikers in the field, always something the fans enjoy,” said Herden. “He has the capacity to shoot low and I’m sure will be amongst the action come Sunday afternoon.”
The Emirates Australian Open is OneAsia’s season-concluding event and a flagship tournament on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia.