ADAM SCOTT is the latest to sign on the 2011 Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club after abandoning his defence of his Singapore Open title.
Scott will join recent signings Tiger Woods and Jason Day in what is truly shaping as a blockbuster event.
Already committed to the Open are defending champion Geoff Ogilvy, Presidents Cup captains Greg Norman and Fred Couples and the American duo Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson.
There were fears Scott, the 2009 champion, would miss the event because of the calendar clash with Singapore but the Open/Presidents Cup fortnight lure has proven to great.
“It was a tough one for me, as Barclays and the Singapore Open have been big supporters of mine but the Australian Open is really tough to pass up and I am going to be playing in Sydney,” Scott said.
“I think it’s the right move for me and I really want to get down there and win the Australian Open again. “If I win the Australian Open, I’ll be very happy going into the Presidents Cup.
Scott is in Ohio preparing for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational along with six other Aussies, including his 2011 US Masters joint runner-up Jason Day.
Jason Day wants a piece of the action
Day was already lobbying to be paired with Woods in Sydney.
“I’d really love to be paired with Tiger,” Day said in Ohio. “I have met him a few times but never been paired with him and I think it would really bring out the best in my golf.
“It’s great for Australian golf to have Tiger and the other big names playing in the Aussie Open. It’s going to be awesome and a real thrill to play in front of big crowds. Hopefully it’s a shot in the arm for the game in Australia as well.”
That was said by the now very self-assured 23 year old who currently sits as the world No. 8 while Woods has dropped to 28th.
Many remembered what Day said as a very cocky 19 year old in 2007 fresh from winning the US Nationwide Tour.
“I’m sure I can take him (Tiger) down. My goal is to be the No.1 golfer in the world and I want to chase Tiger. I want to measure myself against Tiger Woods. I just want to work really hard and take him down.”
Of course in the meantime Woods’ personal life dramas and latterly injury concerns have seem him fall dramatically from his former lofty status, but there is no doubt he will still be a huge drawcard in Sydney.
Hopefully for everyone, he will be injury free and back in good golfing form.
In Ohio, Woods was talking up his enthusiasm in vying for the Stonehaven Cup.
”I’d love to get my name on the trophy. The feel of it with the history and the champions list is pretty remarkable, really.”
So would Day.
“Obviously because of my early career comments (about Woods) I’m sure there will be a bit of talk about it but it will still be great fun,” Day said.
“I said I want to be the best in the world back then and nothing has changed, I still want to be.”
“As for the Australian Open – I really want my name on that trophy. I still want to be the best golfer to come out of Australia and I feel to do that you need to have your name on the Stonehaven Cup and some other Australian titles.
“I think people will expect me to win or do well and that might add some pressure but I certainly want to give myself the best chance to win it.”
Defending champion Ogilvy has also welcomed Woods’ to the event.
“It’s exciting. The Australian Open is our biggest tournament and he adds a touch of something to the field that anyone else can’t do,” Ogilvy.
“This will be the best field the Australian Open has seen in years and the best one I have ever played in.
“We have eight guys in the top 100 in the world, so we should have a prestigious event like this – we have the level of players to support three or four big tournaments on the world stage.”
The Australian Open will be staged from November 10 to 13.