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Heineken Classic axed from 2006 schedule

Australia's richest annual golf tournament, the Heineken Classic, has been scrapped from next year's schedule for financial reasons.

The event, which was co-sanctioned by the European Tour, was due to played at Royal Melbourne in February next year but was cancelled when Heineken withdrew its sponsorship and organisers failed to find another backer.

"It was our biggest tournament but the golf sponsors just aren't there in big numbers for reasonable amounts," tournament promoter Tony Roosenburg told Australian Associated Press.

The Heineken is the latest in a series of major events that have been cut from the Australasian tour in the past few years because of funding problems and the failure to attract big-name players.

 

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