Leishman, Bowditch and Jones join Aussie Open field
The Emirates Australian Open field continues to build in class with Presidents Cup representatives Marc Leishman and Steven Bowditch confirming their place in the field this past week.
And in an interesting twist, world number 65 Matt Jones will also return to his home course at The Australian Golf Club with older brother Brett in tow, who’ll be making his Open debut at age 40.
Marc Leishman (Credit: Anthony Powter)
Collectively, they join an elite field to contest the 100th staging of the Australian Open, including world No.1 and defending champion Jordan Spieth, former world number ones, Adam Scott and Lee Westwood, 2011 Open Championship winner Darren Clarke and former Stonehaven Cup winners John Senden, Robert Allenby and Stuart Appleby.
Leishman and Bowditch played strongly in last week’s narrow loss to the United States in the Presidents Cup, both winning their singles match on Sunday – Leishman taking down Spieth in a match that was fiercely contested to the 18th hole.
A continuation of that form in Sydney will have the 2015 Open Championship joint runner-up among the short-priced favourites, in what would be Leishman’s first big title at home should he achieve the feat.
Jones, 35, will again be returning to his home club at The Australian to make his eighth Open appearance having finished in the top-10 three times, including a runner-up to Geoff Ogilvy at The Lakes Golf Club in 2010.
Elder brother Brett joined Matt in the field at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits this year and will be making his debut at the Australian Open.
He plies his trade as a teaching professional at the exclusive Due Process Stable Golf Club in New Jersey and keeps his hand in competitively in regional events around the North-East of the U.S. An appearance at home in his national championship however, has him itching with pride and excitement.
“I am honoured to play in my national Open for the first time as a 40-year-old rookie – and the fact that I have the opportunity to share the experience with my brother makes it even greater,” he said.
“While playing in a major championship on the PGA TOUR is exceptional, there is something to be said for playing in a prestigious event in our home country, together with our family and friends, so we are thrilled to have the chance to do it again.”
The 2015 Emirates Australian Open will be played at The Australian Golf Club from November 26-29 and will be telecast for all four days on Channel 7.