Ogilvy launches 2008 Australian Open
BY iseekgolf.com | Australasian PGA Tour | 2008 Australian Open | General | 14 Oct 2008
The echo of cannon fire across Sydney harbour heralded the launch of the 2008 Australian Open at the historic Sydney landmark, Fort Denison.
Trevor Herden, Director – Championships, Golf Australia said: “Australia has a tremendous talent pool of golfers and the Australian Open championship is a goal for every Australian player. With international competitors coming from all corners of the world we can look forward to an exceptional week of golf.”
2006 US Open champion and 2008 World Golf Championship winner Geoff Ogilvy will be joined this year by world number 17 Adam Scott as well as former champions Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Peter Lonard and defending champion Craig Parry.
A runner-up at Royal Sydney in 2006, Ogilvy will hope to capture his first Australian Open title in December.
Geoff Ogilvy said: “It’s the one I want to win. I always look forward to coming home to play the Australian Open. Royal Sydney is a great course with a wonderful atmosphere and always delivers an excellent championship. This year I want to go one better and walk away with the title. The competition will be especially fierce between the Australians!”
Leading the international field will be five-time European Ryder Cup team member Darren Clarke. Clarke, a former winner of the Bridgestone Invitational, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and this year’s winner of the BMW Asian Open and KLM Open in the Netherlands.
Joining Clarke will be 2005 US Open champion Michael Campbell, also a winner of the World Match Play championship.
John Senden will hope to relive his previous glory at Royal Sydney, where he lifted the cup in 2006. Adding to the world-class Australian line-up are Richard Green, Nick O’Hern and Sydney’s own Won Joon Lee.
2008 US Amateur champion Danny Lee and former US Amateur champion Nick Flanagan will be determined add the Stonehaven Cup to their collection.
Adding to the field will be a host of players from the Asian, Korea and Japan Tours. As one of the premier events in the Asia Pacific region, Golf Australia has increased this region’s exemptions from to 19 in 2008, with a host of special invitations being issued.
This year’s championship will also give golf lovers and sports fans a “Major Experience” at Royal Sydney, which will continue building the event’s ever- increasing status as one of the premier events in the Asia Pacific region.
Golf Australia Director-Championships Trevor Herden said, “We have a solid foundation for the Open and each year our aim is to create a bigger and better experience for players, sponsors and spectators alike.
“The 2007 Open at The Australian was a great success, attracting more than 41,000 spectators to watch four days of world class golf, culminating in Craig Parry’s three-under 69 finish to claim the championship by one stroke.
We will be offering spectators a major experience from the minute they walk into Royal Sydney, right through to the presentation ceremony. All of this excitement will be set against the picture perfect surroundings of a world class golf course providing an ideal theatre for the introduction of our wonderful new brand.”
Earlier this year the New South Wales Government announced an unprecedented strategic partnership between Events NSW and Golf Australia to secure the Australian Open until 2015. The state has become the natural home to a tournament which is renowned as one of Australia’s flagship annual sporting events.
Events NSW CEO, Geoff Parmenter said: “The Australian Open will be one of the key sporting attractions in the state’s events calendar. NSW will host the Australian Open for at least the next eight years which endorses Sydney, and NSW, as a home for world class events. We are committed to our long term vision of seeing the tournament become the premier event of its kind in the Asia Pacific region.”
On Friday 12th December, is Myer Ladies Day featuring pamper lounges and the hugely popular Myer fashion shows.
After the great success in 2007, the much anticipated Oakley Stadium Hole will make its return on an even larger scale giving fans the chance to watch the drama unfold on the challenging 17th hole.
All in all the 2008 Australian Open promises to provide a major experience for spectators and our international audience through the Seven Network live broadcast.
Held at The Royal Sydney Golf Club from 11 to 14 December, this year’s Australian Open will be the 93rd playing of Australia’s greatest golf championship and will provide an exciting finale to the men’s calendar on the Australasian Summer of Golf.
Tickets are now available from Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 1300 136 122 or on-line at www.ticketmaster.com.au
Source – Golf Australia