More stars named for Australian Open

Australians Matt Jones, Stuart Appleby and Marcus Fraser and American Kevin Streelman are the latest players to confirm their places in OneAsia’s Emirates Australian Open at The Royal Sydney Golf Club next week.

World number 46 Streelman won the 2013 Tampa Bay Championship on the PGA Tour among five top-10 finishes this season.

Stuart Appleby Stuart Appleby (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Sydney-born Jones has had a breakout year on the PGA Tour with five top-10 finishes including a tie for second at the Greenbrier Classic.

Appleby, the 2001 Australian Open champion, joins compatriot Fraser who is hunting his first Stonehaven Cup following a tie for second at The Ballatine’s Championship in Korea earlier this year.

World number two and US Masters champion Adam Scott will be aiming to complete his Triple Crown at Royal Sydney with world number six Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy and 20th-ranked Jason Day heading the players to halt Scott’s charge and take the title from defending champion Peter Senior.

The Emirates Australian Open will host the strongest field of Australian players of the southern hemisphere summer with John Senden, Geoff Ogilvy, Aaron Baddeley, Greg Chalmers, Robert Allenby, Nick O’Hern, Scott Gardiner, Cameron Percy, Craig Parry and Rod Pampling all joining Scott, Day, Fraser, Jones, Appleby and Senior in the final tournament of the PGA Tour of Australasia 2013 season.

Adding to the week’s excitement will be the introduction of The Open Qualifying Series – Australia, with the top three players not already exempt earning their place at The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) in July 2014.

“This adds further prestige to Australia’s most coveted title and gives our competitors a wonderful opportunity to earn direct qualification into golf’s oldest Major,” Pitt said.

The Emirates Australian Open will be broadcast live on the Seven Network across all four days and the championship will again be sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and OneAsia.