Date: May 30, 2007

Aussies Around The World: Weekend Preview

By Alistair Hogg PGA TOUR Eleven Aussies will descend on Jack Nicklaus&apos Muirfield layout in Ohio for this week&aposs Memorial Tournament. The invitation only event draws the world&aposs best including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Vijay Singh and a host of others. Nicklaus has taken a number of measures at his course to ensure it rewards smart golf rather than power hitting. Bunkers will be &aposfurrowed&apos to heavily discourage players from finding the sand and the rough will be long and unruly. World number four Adam Scott will headline the Australian contingent which also includes world number eight and US Open champ Geoff Ogilvy, who will be hoping for a good showing prior to his Open defence at Oakmont next week. Aaron Baddeley, Stuart Appleby and Peter Lonard will also be in action at Muirfield this week. Australians entered in the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club, Ohio Robert Allenby Stuart Appleby Aaron Baddeley Nathan Green Mark Hensby Peter Lonard Nick O&aposHern Geoff Ogilvy Rod Pampling Adam Scott John Senden NATIONWIDE TOUR Nick Flanagan will maintain his charge toward the PGA Tour when the LaSalle Bank Open is contested in Illinois this week. The Aussie has three Nationwide Tour victories under his belt this season and is the current money list leader. If things keep going this way for Flanagan he might well find himself shoulder to shoulder with the big boys sooner than he thinks. Australians entered in the LaSalle Bank Open at The Glen Club, Illinois Steven Bowditch Greg Chalmers Jason Day Kim Felton Nick Flanagan Scott Gardiner Bradley Hughes Matthew Jones Jarrod Lyle David McKenzie Aron Price Paul Sheehan EUROPEAN TOUR Nine Aussies will contest the Welsh Open at Celtic Manor. The par 69 Roman Road Course will be used for the third consecutive year, making it the only European sanctioned event since the 2003 Hong Kong Open to use a par 69 course. Australians entered in the Welsh Open at Celtic Manor, Wales Marcus Fraser Matthew Millar Peter O&aposMalley Wade Ormsby Terry Price Brett Rumford Peter Senior Andrew Tampion Matthew Zions ASIAN TOUR No tournament this week. LPGA TOUR The LPGA saddles up for this week&aposs inaugural GINN Tribute hosted by Swede Annika Sorenstam. Returning to South Carolina for the first time since 2004, the field is expected to be one of the strongest ever with 49 of the tour&aposs top 50 players competing. The tournament boasts the third highest purse and as a further incentive, the winner will also walk away with an invitation into the season-ending ADT Championship. Karrie Webb is back after a week off and will be joined at RiverTowne Country Club by compatriots Wendy Doolan, Rachel Hetherington and Katherine Hull. Australians entered in the GINN Tribute at RiverTowne Country Club, South Carolina Wendy Doolan Rachel Hetherington Katherine Hull Karrie Webb LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR The Ladies European Tour heads to Northern Ireland this week for the Northern Ireland Ladies Open at Hilton Temple Patrick. Sarah Kemp is the form Aussie heading into the event with a third place finish at the BMW Ladies Open in Italy last week. The 21-year old had two rounds of 68 on her way to an overall score of 12-under. Nikki Garrett is also in the field, determined to vie for her third LET title of the year. Garrett won back-to-back tournaments this month to skyrocket into the world&aposs Top 100. Australians entered in the Northern Ireland Ladies Open at Hilton Temple Patrick, Northern Ireland Carlie Butler Cherie Byrnes Nikki Garrett Leah Hart Tamara Hyett Katy Jarochowicz Lisa Jean Sarah Kemp Karen Lunn Joanne Mills Kristie Newton Anna Rawson Bree Turnbull Shani Waugh