The early groups for the opening round of the Australian Open golf tournament are on the course, and already its a pretty impressive leaderboard. Geoff Ogilvy leads from names including Bill Haas, Bubba Watson, David Toms and Dustin Johnston. Plus the Presidents Cup captains Greg Norman and Freddie Couples. Waiting in the Clubhouse are Tiger Woods, Hunter Mahan, Nick Watney, Matt Kuchar, Adam Scott and Jason Day.
The Australian Open has a rich history of world class winners including Norman, Nicklaus, Player, Palmer, Snead and Watson. In recent years, the Open has fielded the best Australians and one or two top Internationals, providing a great showcase for Australian golf but no real focus outside Australia. Thanks to the Presidents Cup next week, this weeks field includes 8 of the top 20 players in the World, plus that Tiger guy, and an excellent supporting cast. It is arguably the best field ever for an Australian Open and hopefully provides more of a spotlight on Australian golf to the world.
Looking forward to a great four days of golf, and it looks as though they will earn it today as Sydney throws some pretty harsh weather their way.