JUST two weeks out from the 2011 British Open some of Australia’s top golfers will be using the AT&T National in Pennsylvania this week to get their games back on track.
Twelve Aussie goflers will line up for the US PGA Tour event including Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy, Robert Allenby, Michael Sim, Marc Leishman, Steven Bowditch, Matt Jones, Greg Chalmers, Nick O’Hern, Stuart Appleby, Rod Pampling and Steve Elkington.
Scott will once again be using Tiger Woods caddy Steve Williams on his bag and with the American former world No.1 likely to miss the Open due to his ongoing injuries the pairing may be rehearsing for a joint showing at Royal St George’s from July 10.
Ogilvy and Allenby are two Open contenders who in particular have had disrupted schedules of late.
Ogilvy usually skips the AT&T but has already missed big chunks of the year firstly with a cut finger then of late with a shoulder strain.
“I’ve effectively had an off-season between the Masters and the US Open so I just need to get my schedule a little more fluid,” Ogilvy said this week.
“Generally I take this time off but the injury has changed things for me. Getting another tournament under my belt on a tough and good golf course will hopefully get me a little closer to real form in the lead up to the quality events to come.”
Allenby has been going through off-course personal issues and is not only looking to an improved showing in the coming two majors but also wants to shore up a spot in Greg Norman’s Presidents Cup team.
“I don’t want to be relying on a captain’s pick,” he said.
“I’m feeling a lot better after having a week at home and sorting some things out. I’m looking forward to playing some really good golf over the next two months to be sure I’m in the team. It’s a main goal of mine definitely.”
The 2011 AT&T National Golf Championship will be played at the Aronimink Golf Club and will be televised live in Australia on Fox Sports.
Live TV Times:
Ist Round : Friday 5 – 8am; 2nd Round: Saturday 5 – 8am; 3rd Round: Sunday 3 – 4.30am, 5 – 8am; Final Round: Monday 3 – 4.30am, 5 – 8 am.
Other Fox Sports live and delayed telecast golf this week include the Open De France from the European PGA Tour and the US Champions Tour event in Montreal.