Date: May 02, 2007
Author: Alistair Hogg

Aussies Around The World: Weekend Preview

By Alistair Hogg The Wachovia Championship marks the half-way point of the 2007 PGA Tour season and although no Australia features prominently on the FedEx Cup standings, there is still plenty of time to make up ground. A total of 14 Aussies including Adam Scott and US Open champ Geoff Ogilvy are in Charlotte, North Carolina, ready to challenge for the championship starting early Friday morning (AEST). It is expected to be a tough week for all on America&aposs south-eastern coast as 29 of the world&aposs 30 ranked players will be in the field. Names like Woods, Singh, Furyk and Poulter are expected to feature prominently in the leader boards throughout the weekend. However the tree-lined par-72 course has experienced hot and dry weather recently which is expected to have a big impact on scoring. Greens will be running fast and vegetation has been cleared since last year&aposs championship which has resulted in slightly stronger winds. No Australian has won in the event&aposs brief four-year history but Scott managed to come third in last year&aposs Championship behind Jim Furyk who beat Trevor Immelman in a playoff. Australians entered in the Wachovia Championship at Quail Hollow GC, North Carolina Robert Allenby Stuart Appleby Aaron Baddeley Gavin Coles Matthew Goggin Nathan Green Mark Hensby Stephen Leaney Peter Lonard Nick O&aposHern Geoff Ogilvy Rod Pampling Adam Scott John Senden A small but talented field of Aussies is set to contend the Italian Open in Milan this weekend. Australians have previously tasted success in the event with the likes of Greg Norman, Craig Parry and Peter Thomson claiming the silverware but we haven&apost had a winner for 15 years. Will the drought end in 2007? Australians entered in the Italian Open at Castello di Tolcinasco CC, Milan David Bransdon Marcus Fraser Matthew Millar Wade Ormsby Terry Price Brett Rumford Andrew Tampion Matthew Zions Almost three months after Karrie Webb&aposs rampant victory at the 2007 MFS Women&aposs Australian Open, the Ladies European Tour action resumes in sunny Spain with the Tenerife Ladies Open. A massive field of Aussies have made the trip to Europe and will line up at Golf de Sur this weekend. Although Webb will not be present to prowl the fairways, Australia is represented by a field of quality golfers including Sarah Kemp who shot out of the blocks early at Royal Sydney and was the runaway leader with an opening round six-under. Her shot making and consistency allowed her to collect four birdies in the opening five holes of the tournament and should be one to watch if she gets a decent start this week. Joining her will be other prominent names in Australian women&aposs golf such as Carlie Butler, Anna Rawson and Shani Waugh. Australians entered in the Tenerife Ladies Open at Golf de Sur, Tenerife Carlie Butler Cherie Byrnes Leah Hart Tamara Hyett Katy Jarochowicz Lisa Jean Sarah Kemp Dana Lacey Karen Lunn Heidi McCulkin Joanne Mills Anna Rawson Rebecca Stevenson Bree Turnbull Shani Waugh