Date: November 18, 2006

Celebrities out in force

Golf is one of the world&aposs most popular sports, with plenty of people from all walks of life fans of the game and keen players themselves, and some of Australia&aposs celebrities are getting down to Royal Sydney for this week&aposs MFS Australian Open. Sportspeople who play other games at a professional level are often quite talented golfers as well, from football players, to cricketers, to tennis players, while Australian and international actors and musicians, as well as politicians and TV personalities often play the game at every opportunity. And those attending the tournament this week have been rubbing shoulders with some people they&aposre more used to seeing either in the newspapers or on the television, as the general public and celebrities alike take in the great play. On Thursday former Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh, who played golf on some of the world&aposs finest courses during breaks between games while away on tour, was in attendance along with his father Rodger. Formula One driver Mark Webber, who next season will drive for the Red Bull Racing team, was also at the course on the opening day, along with leading jockey Darren Gauci, who is fresh from the recent Melbourne Spring Carnival. On day two Channel Seven personality Sonia Kruger, who co-hosts the network&aposs successful Dancing With the Stars, was also present, along with Seven colleague Matthew White. Music fans would have also been delighted to see singer Jimmy Barnes on the fairways, along with Sydney Swans players Adam Goodes, who is fresh from winning his second Brownlow Medal, and Jude Bolton. On the weekend former Wallabies skipper Nick Farr-Jones, former Australian tennis player John Alexander, Channel Seven host Ian &aposDicko&apos Dickson, Channel Nine host Jamie Durie, actor Peter Phelps, former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke and horseracing trainer Gai Waterhouse and her husband Robbie.