Tournament Format

The New Zealand Open hosts 156 amateur players, each partnering with a Professional in a two-man best-ball event, competing for the NZ Pro-Am Championship
The 18th green and Millhouse at Millbrook Resort. © Copyright Photo: Michael Thomas / www.photosport.nz

Tournament Format

The New Zealand Open is a Tier One event co-sanctioned by the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia and the Asian Tour, and in partnership with the Japan Golf Tour.

The tournament will include a field of 156 amateurs and 156 professionals playing alongside one another.  The professional golfers will compete for the New Zealand Open title whilst simultaneously a pairing of one professional and one amateur will play a best-ball format for the New Zealand Open Pro-Am Championship.

The field will be split across Millbrook Resort and The Hills for the first round of competition with all players alternating to the other course for the second round.

After the second round the top 60 + ties professionals will continue to the final two rounds of the tournament to be played at Millbrook Resort.

For the Pro-Am teams, the top 40 pairings will progress to compete in round three at Millbrook Resort, before a third-round cut will see the top 10 Pro-Am teams progress to the final round at Millbrook Resort.

New Zealand Open – Professionals

Each Professional will play one round at Millbrook Resort and The Hills on the Thursday and Friday of the event. Both these rounds they will be partnered with an amateur player.

After round two, the top 60 Professionals (plus ties) will proceed to rounds three and four at Millbrook Resort to compete for the New Zealand Open Championship with a minimum prize pool of NZD $1.35m.

New Zealand Open 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 Millbrook Resort and The Hills golf 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 at Millbrook Resort.

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 at Millbrook Resort.

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