Date: May 15, 2008

World Number 4 Scott set to ignite 08′ Australian Open

Fresh from his thrilling playoff victory at the Byron Nelson Championship in Texas, Aussie favourite Adam Scott has confirmed his commitment to compete in the 2008 Australian Open to be played at The Royal Sydney Golf Club, December 11-14. The 27-year old missed last year&aposs Open due to personal commitments but says he cannot wait to return to his homeland to try and win his national championship. “The Australian Open is the one event that the Aussie players on tour really look forward to coming home for each year and I am eagerly anticipating the opportunity to compete amongst a stellar field at Royal Sydney once again in December,” he said. The announcement that Scott will contest the Open is sure to thrill Australian golf fans who missed seeing the young star in action at this NSW Hallmark Event last year. Scott&aposs commitment comes after Craig Parry signalled his intention in April to return and defend the title he so memorably won at The Australian Golf Club last December, and world number six Geoff Ogilvy also confirmed his participation in what is a sign of strong support from Australia&aposs leading players. Scott has been consistently ranked in the Top 10 for the past three years and is the winner of 14 professional tournaments, including titles at this year s Byron Nelson and Qatar Masters events. Tony Hallam, CEO Golf Australia said, “We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Adam has committed to playing the 2008 Australian Open at The Royal Sydney Golf Club. He is undoubtedly one of the finest players in the world and we look forward to seeing him in action, up close and personal later this year.” Scott&aposs 2008 campaign started in fine style with a final round 61 guiding him to his second triumph at the Qatar Masters after winning the event back in 2002. The talented Queenslander has also won titles at The Players Championship, Shell Houston Open, The Tour Championship, Johnnie Walker Classic, Deutsche Bank Championship and twice in Singapore at the Barclays Singapore Open. His career also boasts three consecutive Presidents Cup campaigns for the International Team which is an extraordinary feat for a player of Scott s age. Scott is one of just three golfers born in the 1980&aposs to reach the Top 10 in the world (the other two are Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose), and he currently sits at number four after his recent Texan triumph and top ten finish at the Wachovia Championship.