Ash Barty’s fiance will be cheering her on at the Australian Open, but he has another task to do before he can be by the world No. 1’s side.
Garry Kissick will be cheering on his fiance Ash Barty when the Australian Open gets underway next week.
But before that, he will be helping out the younger generation when the Aussie summer of golf kicks up a gear this week.
Kissick will be a caddie at the Australian PGA Championship, which starts on Thursday at Royal Brisbane.
2022 Australian domestic golf schedule broadcast live and exclusive on Foxtel and Kayo. Stream the Australian PGA Championship for free on Kayo Freebies. Sign up now.
He is a PGA trainee professional at the Brookwater Golf and Country Club in Brisbane, where he met Barty back in 2016. The happy couple announced their engagement late last year.
Kissick will be carrying the bag of good friend Louis Dobbelaar, who has just turned pro and will part of the field at the Australian PGA.
“Gaz and I get on really well so it’s good to put him through his paces out on the golf course,” Dobbelaar jokingly told Channel 9.
“The staff bag now is definitely getting pretty heavy now so he’s got to stay fit for me.”
Once his caddie duties are completed, Kissick will fly down to Melbourne where he will be supporting Barty as she aims to win a third grand slam title at the Australian Open.
Among the leading contenders to win the Australian PGA are veteran Geoff Ogilvy and rising Australian star Min Woo Lee. The 23-year-old has just received his invitation to make his debut at the prestigious US Masters this year.
Golf fans can rejoice because an epic summer of Australian golf action is here.
Foxtel has announced an agreement with the PGA Tour of Australasia which will see the 2021/22 golf season live and exclusive on Foxtel and Kayo.
In a major coup for fans, over one hundred hours of live Australasian Golf coverage will be broadcast including the Australian PGA Championship and VIC Open which will both also be available live and free on Kayo Freebies.
It’s the first time Kayo has made these events available to stream for free, in a bid to reach a broad range of golf fans.
Rebecca McCloy, Foxtel Group Commercial Director – Sports said: “All of the domestic golf bodies have come together to offer golf fans a complete package of events this summer and we are incredibly pleased to partner with them to showcase the entire schedule of Australian golf for the millions of subscribers watching sport on Foxtel and Kayo.
“The Foxtel Group is already the number one destination to watch golf globally including the PGA Tour, the European Tour (DP World Tour), the Ryder Cup and all four Majors.
“Together with making two of the most popular Australian tournaments available free on Kayo, this new agreement is a great result for golf fans and our sports subscribers.”
2021/22 Australian summer of Golf
2021 Australian PGA Championship — 13-16 January
2022 TPS Victoria — 5 & 6 February
2022 Vic Open — 10-13 February
2022 TPS Murray River — 19 & 20 February
2022 TPS Sydney — 5 & 6 March
2022 TPS Hunter Valley — 12 & 13 March
2022 NSW Open — 19 & 20 March
2022 NZ Open — 31 March – 3 April
2022 NZ PGA — 19 April
2021 WA PGA — 23 & 24 April
2022 QLD Open — Dates TBA