Haas, Toms, Baddeley and more for Sydney

Bill Haas won the 2011 Tour Championship and FedEx Cup double

THE 2011 Emirates Australian Open really is becoming “unmissable” with US PGA Tour Championship winner Bill Haas, fellow Presidents Cup team member David Toms and Australia’s Aaron Baddeley joining the party.

The 2011 US Amateur champion Kelly Craft has also just been announced in the latest additions to an already stacked field that includes Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar, Nick Watney, Dustin Johnson, Robert Allenby, Hunter Mahan, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Bubba Watson, Greg Norman, Fred Couples and defending champion Geoff Ogilvy.

Haas recently collected a cool US$10 million for winning the FedEx Cup and will be playing the Open for the first time. Toms, a winner of 13 PGA Tour titles, had seven Top 10 finishes on Tour this year including victory at the Crowne Plaza Invitational in Texas.

Baddeley also won on Tour this year and already has two Australian Open wins under his belt.

He will be one of a throng of Open contestants heading off to Royal Melbourne after the presentation of the Stonehaven Cup to battle for the Presidents Cup.

“It’s a star studded field and like everyone else, we can’t wait for the action to get underway at The Lakes in November,” Golf Australia CEO Stephen Pitt said.

The 2011 Emirates Australian Open is on at The Lakes from November 10 to 13 with tickets available from Ticketek.

And if you’re worried about some of the Australian and visiting international golf stars having to rough it during their stay in Sydney, don’t.

The stars of the championship will also have some the best views of Sydney with The Star signing on as Official Hotel and Entertainment Sponsor for the Emirates Australian Open.

The Star is nearing completion of an $870-million transformation which includes the reorientation of the building to embrace Sydney Harbour and the city skyline. The Star now boasts more than 20 restaurants, bars and cafes, a new luxury boutique hotel and 16-room spa, upscale retail collection, a 4000-capacity entertainment centre and world class gaming areas.

The Star Managing Director Sid Vaikunta said “As Sydney’s new one-of-a-kind entertainment destination, The Star is proud to be partnering with such an esteemed and iconic event as the Emirates Australian Open. We look forward showcasing our new 5 star boutique hotel The Darling which will open just in time to host some of the best golfers in the world.”

Whew! We were concerned there for a while that the likes of Haas with his new astronomical bank balance would have to rough it in a backpackers.

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