Date: November 08, 2006
Author: By Craig Parry

Australian Open � the Player Perspective

By Craig Parry Coming home to play in your national Open is always very special for all of the players. It is a chance to play in front of your family and friends. We have extremely loyal fans in Australia, so regardless of where the event is staged, people come to see their local heroes. The Australian Open has a great history with all of its past champions, which include Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Peter Thomson and Greg Norman. It’s great to see that Golf Australia is working to again build this event s stature. I d have to say that my tip for this year s title is Adam Scott. He’s had a solid year and I think the golf course really suites his length off the tee. But keep your eyes on Rod Pampling, Stuart Appleby and Robert Allenby. All of these guys are good drivers of the ball and exceptional iron players. This year s MFS Australian Open celebrates Australian golf which is an appropriate theme. I have so many fond memories of this great game. As a spectator I will never forget Bob Shearer winning at The Australian Golf Club against Jack Nicklaus in 1982. I guess my proudest moment as an Australian golfer to date is from the 1990 Australian Open where I lost the playoff against John Morse. We are all looking forward to a great week at Royal Sydney. Get behind our nation s best and some of the greatest players in the world of international golf. See you there.