European ANZ Tours to Co-Sanction Stableford Event


The European and ANZ Tours will co-sanction the 2002 ANZ Championship, an event that will use the Stableford system for scoring. The $1.75 million tournament is scheduled for February 14-17, 2002 at the Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia.
As with this week's PGA Tour stop, The International, players will play a modified Stableford system where the player with the highest score wins. Players earn two points for a birdie, five for an eagle and eight for an albatross, and lose 1 point for a bogey and 3 for a double bogey or worse.
The Kingston Heath layout will be reworked for the four round event. Because its toughest holes are Nos.14th to18th, the order the holes are played will change to allow for better scoring opportunities down the stretch.
Play will begin with the usual three holes, then jump to holes 10 through 17. Players will then cut across to the eighth, ninth, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and finish at the18th.
The ANZ Championship will be the last of four co-sanctioned European tour event in Australia, joining the Johnnie Walker Classic, the Heineken Classic and the Greg Norman International.
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