Date: October 21, 2015
Author: Martin Blake

Three former winners commit to Australian Open

Three former winners have joined the hot field for the Emirates Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney next month.

Geoff Ogilvy, John Senden and Greg Chalmers have all committed to their national Open to join the likes of world No. 2 Jordan Spieth, Australia’s US Masters champion Adam Scott, Englishman Lee Westwood and Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke in the field for the November 26-29  championship.

American Spieth, the hottest player in the world for most of 2015, is defending the title he won at The Australian with a magnificent, closing 63 last year.

The addition of Ogilvy, Senden and Chalmers, all veteran United States PGA Tour players, brings to 11 the number of former winners of the Australian Open playing next month.

The others are Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Craig Parry, Peter Senior, Peter Fowler, Peter Lonard, Westwood and Scott.

Presidents Cup players Steven Bowditch and Marc Leishman also are playing next month, along with US Tour regular Matt Jones, giving the Open one  of the deepest fields seen in years.

Celebrations are planned for the 100th playing of the country’s most prestigious golf tournament, which dates to 1904.

Ogilvy won the Open at The Lakes in 2010. Senden triumphed with two superb closing birdies at Royal Sydney in 2006, and Chalmers has won twice – at Royal Adelaide in 1998 and again at The Lakes in 2011.

Ogilvy, who broke Australia’s major-winning drought when he won the US Open at Winged Foot in 2006, is an eight-time winner on the US Tour. He won more than $US653,000 in America last season.

Senden, ranked 71st in the world, had another fine season in 2014-15, earning $US1.4 million and finishing 23rd on the Fedex Cup rankings.

Western Australia’s Chalmers made 12 cuts on the US Tour last season and is a regular contender in his national Open, finishing fourth at The Australian last year.

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The 2015 Emirates Australian Open, the 100th staging of the national championship, will be played at The Australian Golf Club from November 26-29.

The Emirates Australian Open is a flagship tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia. The winner will receive a minimum of 32 Official World Golf Ranking points.

The event will be telecast for all four days on Channel 7. 

Tickets are on sale now from Ticketek at www.ticketek.com or by calling 132 849.

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