Date: October 08, 2014
Author: Golf Australia

PGA Tour winners commit to Emirates Australian Open

e more winners on the United States PGA Tour this year have committed to play in the next month’s Emirates Australian Open.

Two past Open winners, Geoff Ogilvy and John Senden, along with Steven Bowditch will compete in the tournament headlined by defending champion and world number one Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott.

Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, came close to securing a historic triple crown of Australian events before McIlroy birdied the final hole to clinch victory last year.

American Jordan Spieth, a rising star in the world game who shone at the recent Ryder Cup, will take on the might of Australia and Asia at The Australian Golf Club, Sydney, from November 27-30.

Ogilvy, winner of the Australian Open in 2010, recorded his eighth PGA Tour win in August with victory in the Barracuda Championship.

A popular figure in Australia, the 2006 US Open champion will have huge support as he bids for a second Australian Open title.

Senden beat Ogilvy by a stroke to win the Australian Open in 2006, the same year he made his breakthrough on the PGA Tour with success at the John Deere Classic.

The veteran endured an eight-wait before his second victory on the PGA Tour, edging Kevin Na by a shot at the Valspar Championship in March.

Two weeks later Bowditch followed his countryman into the winner’s circle In the United States with victory in the Valero Texas Open. It was a popular first PGA Tour win with Bowditch having fought a well-documented battle with severe depression.

The Australian Open received a big boost last month with Emirates Airline committing to the title sponsorship of the event for a further three years.

Emirates has been connecting passionate golfers, fans and spectators alike to the Open since joining the championship as title sponsor in 2011. As the tournament continues to grow and attract the world’s best sporting talent, Emirates has committed to extending the partnership through to 2016.

The Emirates Australian Open will be broadcast live on the Seven Network in Australia across all four days and the championship will again be sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and OneAsia.

Tickets are on sale via Ticketek at or by calling 132 849.