Date: May 09, 2007

Aussies Around The World: Weekend Preview

By Alistair Hogg PGA TOUR The PGA Tour heads to Florida this week for The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, Florida. Thirteen Australians will be at Ponte Verde Beach to contest the tournament sometimes dubbed “the fifth major” due to the elite field and astronomical purse on offer. In fact, 49 of the world&aposs Top 50 players will be in the field including last year&aposs surprise winner, Canadian Stephen Ames. Former champion and world number four, Adam Scott will lead the strong Australian contingent determined to repeat his heroics of 2004. Scott led by as many as five shots over Irishman Padraig Harrington in the final round but put his six-iron approach on the 72nd hole into the water. With shocked Australian watching back home, Scott managed to recover from the pressure situation with an up-and-down finished by a 10-foot bogey putt for the win. Scott will return to Florida with 12 countrymen in tow including Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Aaron Baddeley and US Open champ Geoff Ogilvy. Steve Elkington, who in 1991 became the first Australian to win the title will also take his place in the field. Australians entered in The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, Florida Robert Allenby Stuart Appleby Aaron Baddeley Steve Elkington Matthew Goggin Nathan Green Stephen Leaney Peter Lonard Nick O&aposHern Geoff Ogilvy Rod Pampling Adam Scott John Senden NATIONWIDE TOUR No tournament this week EUROPEAN TOUR The European Tour heads from Italy to Spain this week as ten Australians get set to contest the Vallo Romano Open. The tree-lined Aloha Golf Club is short and players should be looking to focus on accuracy over length as they tackle the par-72 layout. Marcus Fraser and Brett Rumford were Australia&aposs best finishers in last week&aposs Italian Open however neither has made the trip west, leaving it up to their countrymen to fly the flag. Australians entered in the Valle Romano Open de Andalucia at Aloha GC, Spain David Bransdon Peter Fowler Matthew Millar Simon Nash Wade Ormsby Terry Pilkadaris Terry Price Scott Strange Andrew Tampion Matthew Zions ASIAN TOUR No tournament this week LPGA TOUR MFS Women&aposs Australian Open champ Karrie Webb will be in action ins week in Virginia, USA as she defends her Michelob Ultra Open. The Queenslander returns to the Kingsmill River Course where in 2006 she trounced the field to win by seven strokes ahead of Lorena Ochoa and Hee-Won Han. Webb will be joined by five other Australians including veteran Rachel Hetherington and promising up-and-comer Katherine Hull. Top internationals are sprinkled throughout the field including Laura Davies, Natalie Gulbis and Sophie Gustafson. Every former champion of this relatively young event will also be playing. Grace Park (2003), Se Ri Pak (2004), Cristie Kerr (2005) and of course Webb (2006) will all be hunting the trophy for the second time. The winner of the 2007 Michelob Ultra Open will win automatic entry into the LPGA season-ending ADT Championship. Americans Morgan Pressel and Brittany Lincicome have gained entry into the event with their victories in the Kraft Nabisco Championship and Ginn Open respectively. Australians entered in the Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill, Virginia Wendy Doolan Rachel Hetherington Katherine Hull Nadina Light Karrie Webb Lindsey Wright LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR Australian Nikki Garrett broke through for her maiden LET win in Tenerife last week and now travels north to compete in the Open de Espana Femenino. The Central Coaster was the only player under par and reaped the rewards for her consistent play. The win makes Garrett the number-one player in Europe and she will look to carry her hot form into this week&aposs event. Joining her will be other Aussies including Carlie Butler, Anna Rawson and Shanie Waugh, along with a host of international talent. Australians entered in the Open de Espana Femenino at CC Mediterraneo, Spain Carlie Butler Cherie Byrnes Natascha Fink Nikki Garrett Leah Hart Lisa Jean Sarah Kemp Karen Lunn Joanne Mills Anna Rawson Rebecca Stevenson Bree Turnbull Shani Waugh