Golf is a sport that never sleeps. Despite imminent winter weather conditions in most of the United States, there always seems to be a tournament going on somewhere in the world.
The PGA doesn’t stop touring, so there’s no reason for you to stop watching the greats compete wherever they are. At the end and beginning of the year, there are a few tournaments that you need to keep an eye out for. These events bring in some of the best players in the world to put on a display of exceptional play.
ISPS Handa Melbourne World Cup of Golf
Five world cups have been held in Australia—four times at the Royal Melbourne. This latest ISPS Handa Melbourne World Cup of Golf will welcome 56 of the top players in the world from the top 28 countries to compete in teams for the largest purse in Australian golf. The best of the best will be on hand including Kyle Stanley, Matt Kuchar, Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith, Adam Hadwin, Ian Poulter, and more.
Tickets are available now and start from just $27 per person for a single day pass. Or you can purchase a weekly ground pass for access to all five days for just $131. There are also three- to five-night travel packages available for accommodations and transportation in style.
- Dates: November 22 – 25, 2018
- Location: South Oakleigh, Victoria, Australia
- Purse: $7,000,000
Hero World Challenge
Considered one of the most exclusive events in golf, the Hero World Challenge combines luxury with 18 of the world’s top golfers. The event has a longstanding history of exclusively hosting the world’s top-ranked players for one-of-a-kind action. The field includes top players such as Tiger Woods with others to be announced the Friday before the event.
Tickets can be purchased on a daily basis for just $50 a ticket. Or there are packages available that include exclusive VIP access, nightlife entertainment, and more.
- Dates: November 29 – December 2, 2018
- Location: Albany, New Providence Bahamas
- Purse: Charity event
Sentry Tournament of Champions
The Sentry Tournament of Champions is the calendar-year opening tournament for the PGA tour season. Played on the Hawaiian island of Maui, the field is restricted to golfers who’ve won a tournament on tour during the previous calendar year. This means the field will include golfers such as Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Brooks Koepka, and Bubba Watson.
Tickets are available starting at just $15-$35 dollars for a day pass. Or you can purchase a weekly pass for just $85 and visit the tournament from Wednesday through Sunday. There are also upgraded experiences that include Clubhouse tickets and access to the Aloha Club Skybox.
- Dates: January 3 – 6, 2019
- Location: Plantation Course at Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii
- Purse: $6,500,000
Sony Open in Hawaii
Part of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Series, the Sony Open Hawaii has been around since 1965. It’s the first full-field event of the year, attracting 144 of the world’s finest golfers for four days in Hawaii. Known for being the largest charity golf event in Hawaii, the tournament will welcome some of the best of the best in golf. The field won’t be announced until the Friday before, but past winners include Patton Kizzire, Justin Thomas, Fabian Gomez, and Jimmy Walker.
Tickets cost $25 at the gate for a daily pass or $20 if purchased online in advance. You can also purchase a $60 tournament badge for, which is good for weeklong admission.
- Dates: January 10 – 13, 2019
- Location: Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii
- Purse: $6,400,000
2019 will mark the 60th anniversary of the Desert Classic in La Quinta, California. The tournament is part of the PGA tour’s early season and is known for its celebrity pro-am. It follows the traditional 72-hole format over three different courses with a 54-hole cut. Although the field hasn’t been released yet, 2018 witnessed one of the strongest fields in years with players such as Phil Mickelson, Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Brandt Snedeker, and John Daly.
Tickets cost just $30 a day or $75 for the entire week. There are also additional fan experiences that include access to the Desert Classic Concert Series and admissions to the Albertsons Vons Fan Pavilion on the 18th green.
- Dates: January 10 – 13, 2019
- Location: Stadium Course, La Quinta, California
- Purse: $5,900,000
The PGA tour is finishing up 2018 and kicking off the New Year with a bang. Keep an eye out for these tournaments and more throughout 2019.