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.