A stronger field and a greater certainty of proceeding are the driving forces behind the decision of tournament organisers to delay the 102nd staging of the New Zealand Open at the Millbrook Resort near Queenstown.
The innovative format will see 132 players tee it up on the Thursday with the top 50 and ties to make the 36-hole cut. After 54 holes, the top 24 will advance to the final round of matchplay on the Sunday.
As was the format earlier this year, the Legends course will host the first two rounds of the championship with the Peter Thomson-designed Open course – host to the 2003 and 2005 Australian Opens – to determine the champion over the final two rounds.
The innovative new series, developed by the PGA Tour of Australasia and the WPGA Tour of Australasia, forms part of the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia and has been a resounding success following the first event in January.