From the NSW Southern Highlands the PGA Tour of Australasia has headed into the city of Sydney for the Emirates Australian Open to be played at The Lakes Golf Club.
An impressive field will gather this week in their quest to claim the Stonehaven Cup with the Australian charge being lead by World Number 5 Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy and John Senden.
Spearheading the international charge is Englishman and World Number 4 Justin Rose, American young gun Kyle Stanley as well as an impressive Asian contingent thanks to OneAsia which includes; Liang Wenchong (CHN) and Rory Hie (INA).
Last year, Greg Chalmers launched one of the biggest months of his career when he won the Emirates Australia Open. He followed this up two weeks later claiming the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola. While he wasn’t quite able to achieve the elusive Triple Crown at the Masters, Chalmers was crowned the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit Champion. Chalmers will be in the field this week with anticipation high for a title defence.
Most of Australia’s overseas players have made the pilgrimage home for their National Open including Australia’s only 2012 PGA TOUR winner Marc Leishman, recent Web.com Tour graduates Scott Gardiner, Alistair Presnell and Cameron Percy as well as Brendan Jones who has twice won on the Japan Golf Tour this year.
Looking to make their mark this week will be the rising stars of Australian golf and they certainly shouldn’t be overlooked. Having turned Professional in the last two months and already making an impact in the Pro ranks are Daniel Nisbet who has had two top-10 finishes from his first two tournaments on Tour, Matt Stieger who is in the field thanks to winning last week’s NSW PGA Championship and Jake Higginbottom who won the BMW NZ Open as an amateur two weeks ago.
Not to be out done by the youth in the field are the journeymen including eight time Major winner from the USA Tom Watson, Peter Senior, Peter O’Malley and Craig Parry.
Giving Australia an exciting glimpse into the future of Aussie golf will be the amateurs teeing it up this week. This includes the 2012 WA Open Champion Oliver Goss, Cameron Smith and Nathan Holman. They will be joined by China’s Guan Tianlang who, thanks to his win at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, will become the youngest person ever to compete in the Masters at Augusta National next year.
It is going to be an exciting week of golf at the Emirates Australian Open so make sure you stay up to date with all the action via our live blog, live scores, twitter, Facebook, TOUR INSIDER and i-Phone app.
Play will get underway at The Lakes Golf Club from Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th December and will be broadcast live on Channel 7 all days.