Date: October 10, 2014
Author: Martin Blake /

More Internationals for Australian Open

e accomplished international players have been added to the field for the Emirates Australian Open at The Australian next month.

Presidents Cup player Brendon De Jonge of Zimbabwe, Sweden’s Daniel Chopra and American Boo Weekley will tee it up alongside world No. 1 Rory McIlroy and world No. 2 Adam Scott after confirming that they will play.

Their addition to the start list will make the Open field the best for any men’s tournament played in Australia since the Presidents Cup in 2011 at Royal Melbourne.

Zimbabwe’s De Jonge, 34, had two top-10 finishes on the United States PGA Tour in 2014 and won $1.1 million in prizemoney.

He shot to prominence in 2013 when he earned selection for the International team for the Presidents Cup against the United States at Muirfield Village in Ohio.

Chopra, 40, has played in Australia several times before. Born in Sweden but raised in India, the longtime professional has logged 14 professional wins including two on the United States tour.

Weekley, 41, is a much-loved character of American golf and is making his first trip to Australia.

He is a three-time US Tour winner whose last big victory came in the Crowne Plaza Invitational in 2013.

A number of top Australian players have committed to the Open, which will have its strongest field for years.

Former Open winners Geoff Ogilvy and John Senden along with 2014 PGA Tour winner Steven Bowditch are in the field along with the rising American, Jordan Spieth, who is ranked 14th in the world.

“The field is coming together really nicely,’’ said Golf Australia’s chief executive Stephen Pitt today.

“Brendon De Jonge, Daniel Chopra and Boo Weekley are all winners in America and they add depth to the field. We think it’ll be the best field assembled in a tournament outside of the Presidents Cup in 2011, given that you have the world No. 1 and world No. 2 plus Jordan Spieth, who’s very exciting.’’

The Emirates Australian Open is to be played from 27-30 November at The Australian in Sydney.

Golf Australia is run a new on-course radio broadcast at this year’s Open, with earphones being provided free so that spectators are updated on events of the day. The radio broadcast will also be streamed on and via the official tournament apps.

All your Open information is available at the new Emirates Australian Open website:

 Tickets are available at or by calling 132 849.