Nine Aussies will line up in the event but much of the early interest at least will be to see how young American Kyle Stanley handles backing up after his disastrous final hole at Torrey Pines last weekend.
I personally tore a clump of hair out when Stanley squandered his three stroke lead to eventually lose to Brandt Snedeker in a playoff at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego – so who knows how the 24 year old will be feeling.
Both Stanley and the extremely lucky (but very persistent) Snedeker will be back this week along with a very healthy field that includes the likes of Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples, Webb Simpson, Keegan Bradley, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson and defending champion Mark Wilson.
The Aussie contenders include, Aaron Baddeley, Robert Allenby, Matt Jones, Mathew Goggin, Greg Chalmers, Marc Leishman, Nick O’Hern, Rod Pampling and Jarrod Lyle. There is also young Kiwi tour debutante Danny Lee to keep an eye out for.
Australian Fox Sports television live coverage begins Friday 8am – 11am.
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