Date: July 19, 2006

Ogilvy, Baddeley set sights on MFS Australian Open

SYDNEY Australia: – Today, Golf Australia announced two further key marquee draws for the 2006 MFS Australian Open Geoff Ogilvy and Aaron Baddeley. Ogilvy, the 2006 US Open Champion and Baddeley, who stunned the golf world in 1999 by winning the Australian Open as an 18 year old amateur, will compete with five times Australian Open Champion, Greg Norman and world number six, Adam Scott, amongst others. During Ogilvy s recent visit to Melbourne, to spend time with family and friends before heading off to the British Open, he hinted at the possibility of playing in the MFS Australian Open. Golf Australia is now pleased to confirm that Geoff Ogilvy will be vying for the Stonehaven Cup. US Champion and world number seven, Geoff Ogilvy said, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to compete with some of the world s finest golfers on home soil. It’s always been my goal to win an Aussie Open. There would be nothing better than adding it to my US Open Title. Baddeley is equally as determined with the goal to win his third MFS Australian Open title. I am excited to return to Royal Sydney, the venue which kick-started my career. The 1999 Australian Open provided some great memories for me and my family and I am looking forward to another great championship, said Baddeley. Paul McNamee, Executive Chairman Australian Opens, Golf Australia said, With Ogilvy and Baddeley added to the mix, they will spice up play and draw younger crowds to the tournament. This year s MFS Australian Open celebrates the game and in particular pays homage to our Australian players. We look forward to the battle between our world champions and up and coming younger stars. Ticket sales were also launched today introducing new initiatives for the 2006 Open, including a twilight viewing spectacular and a reserved grandstand on the 18th green. There s no doubt these introductions aim to enhance the spectator experience. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster, from Thursday the 20th of July at 9am, with modest prices ranging from $20 to $87. Also available are value filled corporate hospitality packages which overlook the 18th hole from the Stonehaven Club. Further information can be accessed at: