Date: January 15, 2009

Aussies around the world: Weekend Preview

PGA TOUR Sony Open, Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii. The 2009 PGA Tour season continues with the second event of the year, the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. It&aposs the first full-field event of the calendar which means the debut start for the Australian men who gained their Tour cards at the end of 2008. New members James Nitties, Jarrod Lyle, Marc Leishman and Greg Chalmers join Adam Scott, Nathan Green, John Senden, Peter Lonard and last week&aposs champion Geoff Ogilvy for the US$972,000 first prize. In comparison to rolling slopes of Kapalua&aposs Plantation course, things couldn&apost be flatter or straighter if it wanted to be. At Waialae, what you see is what you get- it&aposs what you do with it that counts. A total of ten players will contest it as their first-ever PGA Tour event. PGA EUROPEAN TOUR Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, United Arab Emirates. The Race to Dubai has attracted a host of players to Abu Dhabi to build their points for the end of the year. Joining last year&aposs double-major winner Padraig Harrington are Australians Robert Allenby, Aaron Baddeley, Scott Strange, Richard Green, Brett Rumford, Rod Pampling and Peter O&aposMalley. Now entering its fourth year of existence, the 2008 championship was won by Martin Kaymer- and made himself the youngest German in history to win on the European Tour. The other professional tours are yet to commence in 2009.