Date: November 06, 2008

Aussies Around the World: Weekend Preview

NATIONWIDE TOUR NATIONWIDE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP- TPC Craig Ranch. The season ends for the Nationwide Tour in the biggest tournament of the year at TPC Craig Ranch. It’s pretty simple- the top 25 earners on the Money List collect their 2009 PGA Tour cards. If that wasn t incentive enough, the number one player on the money list gets a starting spot in THE PLAYERS Championship next year. Jarrod Lyle is right in the mix for that prize, sitting second on the money list and just under $40,000 behind Brendan de Jonge. It has also been an impressive year for Marc Leishman and will be all the more so if he can hold his position at 23 on the list and move onto the PGA Tour for 2009. Aron Price and Greg Chalmers have also had a solid season and are a well placed to finish in the top 25. Ewan Porter and Won Joon Lee would require superb results to sneak in, as would Gavin Coles. EUROPEAN TOUR HSBC CHAMPIONS- Sheshan International GC, Shanghai, China. It’s a who s who of world golf in Shanghai this weekend for the HSBC Champions tournament at Sheshan International Golf Club. To keep it brief: Mickleson, Villegas, Kim, Karlsson, Harrington, Ogilvy, Scott, Kaymer, Immelman and Poulter are just a handful of the names to be joined by Australians Scott Strange, Rick Kulacz, Scott Hend, Macau Open winner David Gleeson, Peter Fowler and Andrew Bonhomme. The championship also marks the beginning of the European Tour s Race to Dubai. A prize purse of US$5 million will be fiercely contested. LPGA TOUR MIZUNO CLASSIC, Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club, Mie, Japan The Mizuno Classic returns to Mie in Japan for the third time and the 36th consecutive year on the LPGA Tour schedule. After a visit to Korea last week for the Hana Bank-Kolon Championship, the women head back to Japan this week in search of the US$210,000 winner s cheque. After a runner-up finish in Korea, Katherine Hull takes a week s break and Karrie Webb returns. Last week s winner Candie Kung makes the short trip to Japan as does British Open champion Ji-Yai Shin. Australians Nikki Campbell, Rachel Hetherington and Lindsey Wright are also in Japan for the championship. PGA TOUR CHILDREN S MIRACLE NETWORK CLASSIC presented by Wal-Mart- Palm and Magnolia courses, Disney World. The 2008 PGA Tour season comes to a close this weekend with the Children s Miracle Network Classic at Disney World. It’s a popular end of season trip for players and their families and there s also the small matter of the top 125 in the money list who will retain their Tour cards next year. Included in the bubble are Australia s Matt Jones who starts the weekend ranked 133- just 8 spots shy of his card. After another heartbreaking finish at the Ginn Sur Mer last week, Robert Allenby will hope to go all the way this week. Jason Day, Nick Flanagan, Mark Hensby, Nathan Green, David Lutterus, Brett Rumford and Peter Lonard will also be in the starting field. JAPAN TOUR THE CHAMPIONSHIP by Lexus, Otone Country Club, Japan Scott Laycock and Craig Parry will head to Otone Country Club for The Championship by Lexus. LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR No event scheduled ASIAN TOUR see EUROPEAN TOUR (co-sanctioned tournament)