More top names for 2013 Women’s Australian Open

Suzann Pettersen
Suzann Pettersen

WORLD Number 6 Suzann Pettersen, World Number 7 So-Yeon Ryu, World Number 8 Jiyai Shin, fan favourite Laura Davies and teen star Lexi Thompson are the latest big names to confirm their start at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

They will join World Number 1 Yani Tseng, World Number 3 Stacy Lewis, international star Michelle Wie, Australia’s Karrie Webb, defending champion Jessica Korda and Tiger’s niece, Cheyenne Woods, in a packed field at the Royal Canberra Golf Club from 14 -17 February hunting the US$1.2 million purse.

Golf Australia Director-Championships Trevor Herden said the addition of three more of the world’s top 10 players and fan favourites made it among the strongest Open fields in history.

“Having half of the Top 10 players in the world in Canberra is a fantastic opportunity for golf fans and with players like Yani, Stacy, Karrie, Michelle, Suzann and Laura in the field, we’re in for an action packed week in our capital, “ Herden said.

“I encourage everyone who is a golf and sport fan to book a ticket and come out to Royal Canberra for what will be some of the best golf action of the Australian summer.”

Despite some earlier speculation, drawcard Paula Creamer will not be among the starters.

ABC1 TV will broadcast the tournament live across all four days.

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little 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 ASG 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, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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