Date: November 08, 2013
Author: John Sutherland /

20 days to go: Excitement builds for Emirates Australian Open

With Adam Scott in blistering form on the Gold Coast, interest is building by the minute for the Emirates Australian Open at Royal Sydney Golf Club. Should Scott be able to win the PGA Championship this weekend and successfully defend his Australian Masters title next week, the Emirates Australian Open will shape as a chance for the first &apostriple crown&apos on Australia since Robert Allenby in 2005. Star attraction and World number 6 Rory McIlroy has shown signs he is returning to the form of 2012 where he was world number one and won the PGA Championship by 8 strokes. McIlroy finished sixth at the World Golf Championships – HSBC Champions event in Shanghai last week behind winner Dustin Johnson, Poulter, McDowell, Garcia and Rose. The third big name in the field, Jason Day, will commence his build up at the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne starting on the 18th of November where he will partner with Scott in a team on paper that looks the one to beat. Australia have won the event four times previously with Peter Fowler and Wayne Grady the most recent winners in 1989 at Marbella, Spain. Golf Australia CEO Stephen Pitt said the spotlight on golf at the moment in Australia has been amazing. “The Emirates Australian Open will be the culmination of a great month of focus on golf in Australia,” Pitt said. “Our field is looking really strong and it should shape as a great battle between our front-line players Adam, Rory and Jason on a Royal Sydney course that couldn&apost be in better condition.” TV coverage on Channel 7 Day 1 12:00 to 5:00pm Day 2 12:00 to 5:00pm Day 3 12:00 to 5:00pm Day 4 12:00 to 5:00pm (check local guides for details) For further information visit