Scott, Ogilvy & Watson named for Aussie Open

World number nine Adam Scott, eight-time major champion Tom Watson, defending champion Greg Chalmers and former US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy are the first big names confirmed for this year’s Emirates Australian Open.

The 2009 champion and Australia’s highest ranked player, Scott will play the Open after an outstanding year capped by his heart-breaking runner-up finish to Ernie Els at The Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes.

Adam Scott Adam Scott (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Watson returns to the Australian Open for the first time in nearly 30 years.

The 62-year-old won the Australian Open in 1984 and holds five Open Championships, two US Masters and the US Open titles in an illustrious Major collection.

Chalmers and Ogilvy return to The Lakes looking to repeat their recent successes, with Chalmers hunting a third Stonehaven Cup following his thrilling one stroke win over John Senden in 2011.

Golf Australia CEO Stephen Pitt said the field was coming together very well and would have some real attractions for golf fans.

“It’s fantastic to welcome back these four past winners of the Stonehaven Cup to the Emirates Australian Open. Tom is one of the household names in world golf and we can’t wait to have he, Adam, Geoff and defending champion Greg back in action at The Lakes,” Pitt said.

“It’s the pinnacle week in Australian golf and things are continuing to shape up really well for the Championship.”

Pitt said there would be further player announcements as the countdown to the Championship continued.

The Emirates Australian Open will be played at The Lakes Golf Club from 6-9 December 2012.