AUSTRALIAN golf fans will get probably their last chance to see US golfing icon Tom Watson in action on Aussie turf when the eight-time Major winner tees up at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney this week.
The 63 year old may be drawing toward the end of his spectacular career but there is no doubt he will by a big drawcard when the 2012 Emirates Australian Open rolls into Sydney.
Watson broke many hearts when he came within a whisker of winning his sixth British Open just a couple of years back as a 59 year old but just turning up and doing a few laps around the Lakes will be enough for many.
But Watson remains a fierce competitor and still has the timeless swing capable of giving the quality field assembled for the open a run for its money.
Other International competitors signed for the 2012 event include Ryder Cup hero Justin Rose and US PGA Tour hotshot Kyle Stanley, winner of the 2012 Pheonix Open.
The Australian charge is led by world No.5 and recent Talisker Australian Masters winner Adam Scott.
Scott will be joined by Australia’s only winner on the PGA Tour this year, Marc Leishman, a hopefully refreshed and resurgent Geoff Ogilvy, John Senden, Robert Allenby, European and Asian Tour star performer Marcus Fraser and defending champion Greg Chalmers.
There’s a host of others of course, from the likes of veteran Peter Senior down to 14 year old Chinese prodigy Guan Tianlang, fitting in the open before winding his way to Augusta next April to be the youngest ever golfer to play the US Masters.
For those who can’t get to the event in person this week, the 2012 Emirates Australian Open afternoon sessions will be telecast live on the Seven Network. (Free to air broadcast times).
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