Tour great Peter Senior believes securing European co-sanctioned events in Australia early next year as part of a newly-revamped Australasian PGA schedule is the sport's best chance of rekindling its golden years.
The PGA Tour of Australasia on Sunday announced a dramatically-altered tournament plan with a wrap-around calendar - a six-month season running between October and March that could include new or revived events.
It's a change from a calendar-year tour with a big break in the middle, and a return to a "summer of golf" format that harks back to the golden years when Greg Norman was in his pomp in the 1980s and 90s.
The change was forced by the coronavirus crisis, allowing officials to push big tournaments into early 2021 if need be, but tour tournaments director Nick Dastey says it's here to stay and believes it will prove popular.
Only the Australian PGA Championship - to be played from December 3-6 at Brisbane's Royal Queensland - and the Vic Open are currently co-sanctioned with the European Tour.
But with the coronavirus hitting Europe hard and Australian golf administrators pushing for change, Senior can sense an opportunity to inject some pedigree into the domestic season.
One option could be to shift the marquee Australian Open at Melbourne's Kingston Heath from its expected late November timeslot - directly following the US Masters - to January-February as a drawcard for foreign stars and link it with events like the popular Vic Open.
"It looks like we may be opening up a lot earlier so there is an opportunity if the European Tour is willing to play two or three tournaments in January and February," Senior said.
"Scheduling is always the hardest thing but that's our best bet; the European Tour doesn't really start until March ... there's heaps of opportunity there if we're able to grasp it."
A multiple winner of the Australian PGA, Open and Masters, Senior fondly recalls the "golden years" when the country's best players would commit to their home swing.
"(Greg) Norman was a big input in those, being world number one for seven years and I can remember playing the last round at the Masters at Huntingdale with Greg," he said.
"They had to close the gates; 45,000 people there and on the first tee there's 12 deep on both sides."
Senior acknowledged that the scheduling might made it tougher for American-based players to return for Australian tournaments early in the year as the US PGA Tour also uses a "wrap-around" season format and has some big events at that time.
That could leave what Senior described as the "next wave" of Australian talent to fly the flag.
Lucas Herbert, a Dubai Desert Classic winner before golf's shutdown earlier this year, is one of those players, as is the exciting Min Woo Lee.
"The talk on tour (in Europe) is that guys would love to come play in Australia, but it's so far to come for just one event," he said.
"So if guys could come out for two, three or four weeks you'd attract talent and wouldn't need to pay players anyway."