There is a glimmer of hope that prodigal son Jason Day will end his sojourn away from the motherland to return to Oz to play in the 2016 Australian PGA in early December.
Optimism is present, if tempered by reality, that Day will play his first tournament in Queensland after not having done so for four years.
The tournament will take place at RACV Royal Pines on the Gold Coast.
Two issues prevent highly ranked Australian golfers from appearing in Australian tournaments on a regular basis. For players such as Jason Day, Adam Scott, Marc Leishman and Aaron Baddeley, the total prize money of $1.75 million AUD is anemic. Winning one regular PGA tournament in the U.S. returns similar money when exchange rates are considered. Adam Scott’s recent second-place finish in California earned him well over 50 percent of the entire prize pool for the Australian PGA.
Secondly, the travel and schedule logistics is a barrier. For Day, he would need to commit at least three weeks to a trip to play the World Cup in Melbourne prior to heading over to the Gold Coast for the PGA.
This comes at a time of year when he could be racking up equally as much and probably more in corporate outings and sponsorship appearances during the U.S. PGA Tour’s brief off-season, when Day is more likely to be seen standing on the sidelines of an NFL game or sitting in the celebrity-studded stands for an NBA basketball game.