Tiger Woods arrives in Australia this morning to play the Australian Masters at Kingston Heath.
To get the ball rolling, here’s a few facts about the Australian Masters and a few things recent and not so recent quotes.
- Only five players from the northern hemisphere have ever won the event: Gene Littler (1980), Bernard Langer (1985), Mark O’Meara (1986), Colin Montgomerie 2001) and Justin Rose (2006).
- Greg Norman has worn the golf jacket six times. Next best is Craig Parry with three wins.
- Tiger Woods has previously played in the Australian Masters. He played in 1997 where he finished a tie for 8th, seven shots behind winner Peter Lonard.
- The slogan for the first Australian Masters was “A New Tradition”. It’s been “The Tradition Continues” ever since.
“Oh sweet Jesus.”
Golf fan on online forum after hearing the news Eddie McGuire will be heading the Channel Nine Australian Masters coverage.
“…But all of the courses I’ve seen down there in Melbourne, I’ve always loved the bunkering, some of the best bunkering in the world.”
“It’s not like a typical golf course he’s used to playing,…It will have to be a restrained Tiger. If he just cracks driver, he’ll be in trouble.”
Current Australian Masters champ, Rod Pampling.
“I’m going to run a golf tournament and call it the Australian Masters. It will be an unashamed copy of the US Masters at Augusta. We’ll play it at the same venue at the same time every year. We’ll hand out a jacket to the winner.”
David Inglis in 1978, founder of the Australian Masters.