Australians in the field (11): Michael Sim, Marc Leishman, Aaron Baddeley, Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy, Paul Sheehan, Steve Allan, Terry Pilkadaris, Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, John Senden. Full field
Last year’s winner: Lucas Glover. Best Aussie: Michael Sim (T18)
Who to watch: There aren’t many Australians in form right now. Only John Senden and Adam Scott can claim any sort of chance based on their past month. Past winner Geoff Ogilvy is struggling with consistency and Robert Allenby had a bout of food (bogey) poisoning last week. Nice to see Michael Sim back at major tournament golf returning from a shoulder surgery. Ogilvy, Scott and Allenby are paired together for the first two days.
What to watch: The majestic 7th and 17th holes. The 18th is majestic too. A gorgeous golf course. Also keep an eye out for he rows and rows of khaki coloured shorts with polo tops.
Will an Aussie win? No. Perhaps a Pom. Given the performance of the All Whites, is Michael Campbell a chance?!
Should I watch the World Cup instead? Not based on the first Socceroos game. But Nathan Green will be. He chose to skip a 36-hole qualifying rather than hire a private jet or drive overnight to get to it. “I’m really not that interested in playing it. I’d rather sit home on the couch and watch soccer than beat my head against a brick wall for four days.”
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