BOO WEEKLEY, Brendon De Jonge and Daniel Chopra are the latest international signings headed for the big Australian golf tournaments this summer.
Three-time US PGA Tour winner Weekley will play both the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast and the Australian Open in Sydney, where he will be joined by Zimbabwe’s De Jonge and Sweden’s Chopra.
Weekley, who will play in Australia for the first time since turning Professional in 1997, was announced for the Australian PGA Championship at the RAVC Royal Pines Resort on Wednesday.
“I have heard great things about Australia and the Gold Coast, I am looking forward to playing there for the first time,” said Weekley, who most recently won in 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational. “Australian golf is renowned around the world so I can’t wait to test my game on the RACV Royal Pines Resort layout.”
The 41 year old American is a crowd favourite at home, renowned for his showmanship, particularly his antics at the 2008 Ryder Cup when he celebrated his singles win by riding his driver like a cowboy.
“Boo is a top quality player who has won multiple times on the PGA TOUR and his outgoing personality make him the perfect fit for the Australian PGA Championship,” said Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia.
Weekley will join some of Australia’s favourite players at the December 11- 14 event, including defending champion Adam Scott, Robert Allenby, Greg Chalmers, Craig Parry and Peter Lonard.
Top field for Australian Open
Meanwhile at the Australian Open at the Australian Golf Club in Sydney (November 27 – 30) the three new announcements join a field already boasting World No.1 Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and American 21 year old Jordan Spieth.
Add to that former Aussie Open winners Geoff Ogilvy and John Senden along with 2014 PGA Tour winner Steven Bowditch and a field has assembled said to be the best since the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne in 2011.
De Jonge, 34, shot to prominence when he earned selection for the 2013 Presidents Cup and this has had two top 10 finishes on the US PGA Tour this year.
Chopra, 40, has played in Australia several times before. Born in Sweden but raised in India, the longtime professional has logged 14 professional wins including two in the US.
“The field is coming together really nicely,’’ said Golf Australia’s chief executive Stephen Pitt.
“Brendon De Jonge, Daniel Chopra and Boo Weekley are all winners in America and they add depth to the field. We think it’ll be the best field assembled in a tournament outside of the Presidents Cup in 2011, given that you have the world No. 1 and world No. 2 plus Jordan Spieth, who’s very exciting.’’
On the other side of the continent Perth International organisers announced ISPS HANDA would be the naming rights sponsor for the third consecutive year.
The Perth International will again be played at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club and will be headlined by major champions Jason Dufner, Charl Schwartzel and Geoff Ogilvy, along with Ryder Cup star, Victor Dubuisson from France, and defending champion, Jin Jeong.
The co-sanctioned European Tour and the PGA Tour of Australasia event kicks of the big tournaments for the 2014 summer from October 23 to 26.
The next cab off the rank will then be the Australian Masters at the Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne (November 20 -23) where Adam Scott will attempt to make history as the first player to win the event three years in succession.