Date: June 22, 2007

Aussies Around The World: Weekend Preview

By Alistair Hogg PGA TOUR After a torturous US Open, the world&aposs best players will be thankful the PGA Tour is headed away from Oakmont and hopefully toward some red numbers. While Angel Cabrera took the trophy home with five-over, many seasoned professionals left Pennsylvania with double digits over the card, including many who missed the +11 cut. A massive number of Australians will be among the field in Connecticut for this week&aposs Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands. Stuart Appleby headlines the Aussie charge along with Nick O&aposHern and Peter Lonard who rejoins the tour after missing the US Open. A strong American and international contingent is also taking part including Fijian Vijay Singh, Englishman Justin Rose and defending champion JJ Henry. Australians entered in the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands, Connecticut Steve Allan Stuart Appleby Andrew Buckle Gavin Coles Stuart Deane Steve Elkington Matthew Goggin Paul Gow Mark Hensby Stephen Leaney Peter Lonard Jarrod Lyle Nick O&aposHern Rod Pampling Paul Sheehan Michael Sim NATIONWIDE TOUR Kim Felton has fond memories of Fox Den Country Club as it is the scene of his maiden Nationwide Tour triumph back in 2005. Felton returns along with seven of his countrymen as the Tour nears its halfway point of 2007. Tour leader Nick Flanagan is taking another week off whilst defending champion Hunter Haas is aiming to become the first player in Nationwide Tour history to win the same event on three occasions. Australians entered in the Knoxville Open at Fox Den Country Club, Tennessee Adam Crawford Steve Collins Kim Felton Scott Gardiner Bradley Hughes Matthew Jones Aron Price Richard Swift EUROPEAN TOUR Seven Aussies will contest the BMW International Open in Germany. The par 72 layout in Munich is flat and typically low-scoring. The average winning score is 266 with an average cut of three-under. Peter Fowler goes in to the event knowing what it takes to win, however some time has elapsed since the veteran hoisted the trophy aloft in 1993. Fowler will be joined by Peter O&aposMalley and Brett Rumford among others in the Aussie assault on the BMW International. Swede Henrik Stenson is the defending champion after defeating Padraig Harrington and Retief Goosen on the first playoff hole with an eagle in 2006. Australians entered in the BMW International Open at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried, Germany Peter Fowler Matthew Millar Peter O&aposMalley Wade Ormsby Terry Price Brett Rumford Andrew Tampion ASIAN TOUR No tournament this week. LPGA TOUR Karrie Webb is bidding to win her third Wegmans Rochester LPGA title at Locust Hill Country Club this weekend. The Queenslander won the event in 1999 and 2002 but has not been able to break through since. Fellow Australian Rachel Hetherington is also a former winner having lifted the trophy in 2003 and the pair returns to New York this week. The Top-11 LPGA players at the end of the tournament qualify for the season ending ADT Championship. Webb is sitting comfortably in seventh position whilst Lindsey Wright is in 28th, Wendy Doolan 48th, Hetherington 55th and Katherine Hull 62nd. Australians entered in the Wegmans Rochester LPGA at Locust Hill Country Club, New York Wendy Doolan Rachel Hetherington Katherine Hull Karrie Webb Lindsey Wright LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR Nikki Garrett and Sarah Kemp headline a 12-strong Aussie field at the Vediorbis Open in France. Garrett has her name etched in two LET trophies this season while Kemp has performed consistently but it yet to claim a title. Also playing will be Karen Lunn who was Australia&aposs best finisher at last week&aposs Catalonia Ladies Masters at four-over the card. South African Ashleigh Simon won her maiden LET title but will take a break from the tour this week. Australians entered in the Vediorbis Open de France at Le Golf d&aposArras, France Carlie Butler Cherie Byrnes Nikki Garrett Leah Hart Sarah Kemp Lisa Jean Karen Lunn Joanne Mills Anna Rawson Rebecca Stevenson Bree Turnbull Shani Waugh