Five Australians will take their place in the field for the first event of the 2017 Tour season which will make history by beginning on a Sunday.

Robert AllenbyThe Bahamas Great Exuma Classic is the first of two events on the secondary Tour which will run from Sunday to Wednesday, an innovation never before tried on the Tour.

Steve Allan, Robert Allenby, Jamie Arnold, Jake Younan and Rhein Gibson will tee up in the tournament but the Australian connection doesn't end there with Greg Norman set to hit the opening tee shot.

The Shark designed the Sandals Emerald Bay Golf course, host of the event, and will be on hand for the Saturday pro-am as well as Sunday's ceremonial drive.

Over a three week stretch the Tour will play two events in the Bahamas, this week's tournament to be followed by the Great Abaco Classic in two weeks' time. Tour President Dan Glod told Golf Channel this week the move was designed to bring added attention to the circuit and its players.

"Instead of being up against every other golf tournament and sporting event on a Sunday we're just starting our tournament," he said.

"And then Monday through Wednesday we kind of own the live golf landscape. For us, we believe it gives us an opportunity to showcase the players on our tour."

For three of the Australians in the field the tournament is the beginning of the long road back to the PGA TOUR with Robert Allenby, Steve Allan and Rhein Gibson all former members of the main circuit.

Allenby has limited status in 2017 after two difficult seasons at the top level but after 18 consecutive years as a member will be highly motivated to turn things around in 2017.

In contrast, Gibson has played just one year on the PGA TOUR after graduating from the in 2015.

He found the going tough in his rookie season and failed to keep his card but will be better for the experience and will be expecting to graduate back to the main Tour at year's end.

Veteran Steve Allan hasn't competed full time on the PGA TOUR since 2009 but a gutsy final round at December's Q-School saw him keep his card and have another chance to graduate to the top level.

Languishing well down the leaderboard and staring at a potentially career ending week, Allan fired a stirring final round 65 which vaulted him over 66 players and back onto the secondary Tour for 2017.

Also performing well at the Q-School was Jamie Arnold who, like Allan, finished in the top-45 on the leaderboard to ensure several early season starts before players are re-ranked.

2017 represents a big opportunity for Arnold who has never held meaningful status of any kind in the US.

The last Australian in the field, Jake Younan, is listed as a tournament sponsor's invite and will be hoping to make the most of a big opportunity.

Younan has twice played the Tour previously making 13 starts in 2014 and playing 21 tournaments in 2011.