RYDER CUP stars Nicolas Colsaerts and Paul Lawrie are the latest big names to commit to the Australian golfing summer.
The pair will join an expanding European contingent at the Emirates Australian Open in Sydney later this month while Lawrie will also be teeing it up the following week at the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast.
Colsaerts (pictured above), revered as one of the game’s most powerful ball-strikers, and Lawrie, former Open Championship winner, will be battling it out for the Stonehaven Cup at The Australian Golf Club November 26-29.
Also competing will be a string of Aussies with multiple European Tour wins under their belt including Brett Rumford, Marcus Fraser, Richard Green and Andrew Dodt.
Colsaerts and Lawrie were part of the successful European team that rocked the United States in the Ryder Cup’s “Miracle at Medinah” in 2012.
Championship director Trevor Herden said their addition continued to bolster a great field that already boasts defending champion and dual 2015 major winner Jordan Spieth, former world No.1 Lee Westwood, 2011 Open Championship winner Darren Clarke and Australia’s US Masters winner Adam Scott.
“We’re delighted to have Nicolas and Paul join the field – it really shows the genuine international interest in the Emirates Australian Open,” Herden said.
“They’re both world-class players who have performed at the highest level, and their interest in our national championship, along with the other overseas competitors, shows the global attention the tournament generates.”
The visit will mark just the second time Colsaerts has played professionally in Australia after representing Belgium in the World Cup at Royal Melbourne in 2013, whilst Lawrie last played here in the 2005 Heineken Classic.
Lawrie will then move on to the Australian PGA Championship at the RAVC Royal Pines from December 3 – 6 where he will join America’s Brandt Snedeker and a host of previous champions.
“I am delighted to be returning to Australia, whilst I have been back on a few occasions for some corporate commitments, I haven’t competitively played there since 2005,” said Lawrie, a two-time Ryder Cup representative with eight European Tour victories.
“I have heard wonderful reports about the fun to be had on the Gold Coast as well as the relaxed atmosphere of the Australian PGA Championship. I’m looking forward to experiencing it for myself,” he said.
Australia’s big three events kick off next week with the Australian Masters returning to its spiritual home at Huntingdale Golf Club from November 19 – 22.
The Masters will be headlined by Ernie Els and Adam Scott.
All three events will be televised live by the Seven Network.