Date: October 30, 2008

Aussies Around The World: Weekend Preview

PGA TOUR GINN SUR MER CLASSIC- The Conservatory, Palm Coast, Florida. The Tom Watson-designed Conservatory course will have its first taste of PGA Tour action as the Ginn Sur Mer Classic arrives on Palm Coast in Florida. With the race on to retain PGA Tour cards for the 2009 season, there is everything to play for. Robert Allenby is the highest-ranked Australian heading to Florida and will be joined by a number of compatriots including Peter Lonard, Brett Rumford, Jason Day, Nick O Hern, Steve Allan and Gavin Coles, among others. Allan in particular will be hopeful of a strong result after he faded in the final holes of last week s Open when he slipped from third place to seventh and is right in the dogfight to retain his card. The in-form Americans include Davis Love III, Dustin Johnson, Marc Turnesa and last week s Open champion Cameron Beckman. LPGA TOUR HANA-BAN-KOLON CHAMPIONSHIP, Sky 72 Golf Club, Ocean Course, Incheon, Korea. The LPGA Tour lands in Asia for the second time in three weeks this weekend for the Hana Bank-Kolon Championship in Korea. Last year s championship was shortened to just 36 holes after uncooperative weather made the course unplayable and Swede Suzann Pettersen was crowned champion. Australia s Katherine Hull will be looking for an improved performance after she finished 23rd last week in China and will be joined by Lindsey Wright and Anna Rawson who finished tied for 25th in Kapalua a fortnight ago. After two weeks off, Paula Creamer will start in Korea, hoping to build further on her win at the Samsung World Championship earlier in October. Last week s Grand China Air LPGA winner Helen Alfredsson will also start. PGA EUROPEAN TOUR VOLVO MASTERS, Club de Golf Valderrama, Sotogrande, Cadiz, Spain. After last weekend s Castello Masters, the European Tours stays in Spain and heads to Cadiz for the Volvo Masters. Robert Karlsson is on track to become the first Swede to win the European Tour Order of Merit after a dozen top 10 finishes this season. But much of the focus now is on November s opening of The Race to Dubai which has a chorus of approval from players across the tour. Scott Strange and Richard Green are the only Australians in the field. LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR SUZHOU TAIHU LADIES OPEN, ST International GC, China After almost a month s break in October, the Ladies European Tour also heads to Asia for the inaugural Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open- a tri sanctioned tournament by the LET, Ladies Asian Golf Tour and China Golf Association. World number 3 Annika Sorenstam leads the field and makes her second straight appearance in China after the LPGA event last week where she finished 17th. Australians Karen Lunn, Frances Bondad, Kate Combes, Nicole Montgomery, Cherie Byrnes and Bronwyn Mullins-Lane will be in the field in Jiangsu province. ASIAN TOUR ISKANDAR JOHOR OPEN, Royal Johor Country Club, Malaysia. The Asian Tour heads to Malaysia this week with Australia s David Gleeson looking for a repeat performance of his three-stroke victory at the Macau Open last weekend. Leading the field will be two-time major winner Retief Goosen who is hoping to put some icing on what he describes as otherwise poor year. Rick Kulacz joins the field at Royal Johor Country Club and will be joined by Gleeson, Adam Groom, Andrew Dodt, Kane Webber and Neven Basic. JAPAN TOUR MYNAVI ABC GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP, ABC Golf Club, Japan. Scott Laycock is the only Australian teeing off in the Mynavi ABC Golf Championship this weekend. NATIONWIDE TOUR No event scheduled