Tom Watson on show in Sydney

Tom Watson

GREAT NEWS for Australian Open attendees today with golfing legend Tom Watson one of the first big names announced for the 2012 event in Sydney.

Watson will return to the Australian Open for the first time in nearly 30 years.

The 62 year old eight-time Major title holder won the Australian event in 1984 and is popular with golf fans around the world.

Despite the advancing years, Watson and his timeless swing have remained competitive in the highest company, as he proved in 2009 when he came within an eight iron bounce of winning the British Open.

The American has five British Open Championships, two US Masters and a US Open title in his illustrious Major collection.

He will be joined in Sydney by 2009 champion and Australia’s highest ranked player Adam Scott, defending champion Greg Chalmers and US Open winner Geoff Ogilvy.

This year’s Emirates Australian Open will be fought out at The Lakes Golf Club from December 6 to 9.

Golf Australia CEO Stephen Pitt said the field was coming together very well and would have some real attractions for golf fans.

“It’s fantastic to welcome back these four past winners of the Stonehaven Cup to the Emirates Australian Open. Tom is one of the household names in world golf and we can’t wait to have he, Adam, Geoff and defending champion Greg back in action at The Lakes,” Pitt said.

“It’s the pinnacle week in Australian golf and things are continuing to shape up really well for the Championship.”

Pitt said there would be further player announcements as the countdown to the Championship continued.

Tickets are on sale now at Ticketek  or by phoning 132 849.

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Brian is a former Sydney journalist who didn’t have a skerrick of interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded Australian Senior Golfer in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association.

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