The South Pacific Export Radler PNG Open has a proud and long history. Having previously been played on the Choice Hotels PGA Pro-Am Series its 22nd staging sees it elevated to the Tour.
With the tournament promoted to the PGA Tour of Australasia, there is a lot on the line for those teeing it up this week. Along with the winner's share of the $140,000 purse, the champion will also walk away with Official World Golf Ranking Points and exemption onto the Tour until the end of the 2017 season.
Papua New Guinea becomes the third country the PGA Tour of Australasia has visited in 2016 after tournaments have already been played in Australia and New Zealand.
It's also one of the most unique countries our Tour Professionals get to experience.
Here are some quick facts about Papua New Guinea:
- Papua New Guinea and Indonesia share the island of New Guinea which is one of the world's largest islands.
- The Papua New Guinea population stands just above 7 million but over 850 indigenous languages are spoken here.
- It is one of the very few places on earth which lie close to the equator where places at higher altitudes experience snowfall.
- The world's only known poisonous bird, the Hooded Pitohui (Pitohui dichrous) is native to Papua New Guinea.
- Until 1933 the country used sea-shells as its national currency. Post that, it switched to the Kina.
- Popular tourist attractions in Papua New Guinea include the Kokoda Track, diving and hiking
A quality field has assembled to challenge for the title, including these five players we think you would be watching.
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