Date: November 16, 2016
Author: Christian Puccini

Emirates Australian Open – 6 South Aussies flying the flag

The build-up is well under way for the 101st Emirates Australian Open to be played at the Royal Sydney Golf Club from Thursday through Sunday.

World No. 7 Adam Scott who won in 2009, heads the field along with 2014 Champion, American superstar Jordan Spieth.

Other former champions competing for Australia’s most coveted title include Geoff Ogilvy, John Senden, Robert Allenby, Aaron Baddeley, Peter Lonard, Craig Parry, Peter Senior and Greg Chalmers.

Of the 156 starters, South Australia has six representatives who have gained entry into the championship to tackle The Royal Sydney layout. The South Australian players and their entry status are:

1.      Nick Cullen (18) – Top 30 of 2015 OneAsia Order of Merit

2.      Jason Norris (23) – Top 30 of 2015 OneAsia Order of Merit

3.      Antonio Murdaca (72) – Position 6-20 at 2016 OneAsia Qualifying School Final Stage

4.      Max McCardle (82) – Next Leading 15 players from PGA Tour of Australasia Tournament Exemption Categories (capped at Cat.13 of the 2016 Categories) (15 positions)

5.      Brad Moules (86) – Next Leading 15 players from PGA Tour of Australasia Tournament Exemption Categories (capped at Cat.13 of the 2016 Categories) (15 positions)

6.      Wade Ormsby (97) Tournament Invitation (10 positions)

WHAT’S AT STAKE

·        $1.25million (first prize $225,000)

·        Minimum 32 world ranking points

·        Par 72 for 36 out and 36 in.

·        The Australian Open was first played in 1904

·        TOURS: PGA Tour of Australasia and OneAsia

·        FIELD SIZE: 156 player field

·        CUT: Top 60 professionals (plus ties) The cut is made after the completion of the second round

·        TROPHY: Stonehaven Cup

Here’s hoping a local can claim Australia's most prestigious golf championship and come Sunday hold aloft the Stonehaven Cup.

They would become South Australia's third winner after Rufus Stewart 1927 (first Kooyonga Club Pro) and Fergus McMahon 1935 (1925 Kooyonga Club Champ).

THE COVERAGE

SEVEN NETWORK – Thursday 17 November – Sunday 20 November – 11:30am to 4:30pm (Adel time)

Throughout the Championship follow Golf SA on twitter and facebook for further SA player updates.

Social Media – Official event hashtag: #AusOpenGolf

For all news including live scoring throughout The Emirates Australian Open – click here for the Official website

Or download the free Emirates Australian Open 2016 App for iPhone and Android – click here to download

Experts News team via www.ausopengolf.com is deep with Martin Blake, Peter Stone, Michael Clayton, John Huggan and Mark Hayes penning the words.

AO Radio — The broadcast is available both on-course through earpieces, and streamed via the tournament website www.ausopengolf.com and also the official app. It includes live commentary from on course as well as interviews with players, as well as general chat about the game.Broadcast hours are from 11-4pm Friday, and noon-5pm on Saturday and Sunday.