SYDNEY – Brandt Snedeker hasn’t performed the Australian Open since 2007 however the reminiscence of his expensive mistake within the ultimate spherical hasn’t pale.
Snedeker misplaced by a shot to Craig Parry when he known as a penalty on himself on the 14th gap of the ultimate spherical at The Australian Golf Membership as a result of the ball moved as he tried to shift some twigs round it.
”It was a no brainer penalty,” Snedeker stated.
A nine-time winner on the PGA Tour, Snedeker is joined by fellow People Matt Kuchar, who received final week’s PGA Tour occasion in Mexico, and Keegan Bradley within the area this week at The Lakes, simply down the street from The Australian.
”Actually cool undulations, and the inexperienced complexes listed here are very troublesome,” Snedeker stated after taking part in 9 holes on the course for the primary time. ”It is a kind of locations the place you must put the ball in the precise spots on the greens to provide your self possibilities. If the wind blows, although, it should be survival.”
Lacking from the Open this yr are two of Australia’s high gamers, Jason Day, whose spouse is anticipating a child, and Adam Scott. Jordan Spieth, a two-time champion, has additionally determined to not journey Down Underneath this yr, and the sphere is likely one of the weakest for the event in years.
Geoff Ogilvy, who received the Australian Open at The Lakes in 2010, was quoted as saying in Golf Australia journal that he is upset the event, first performed in 1904, is not what it was again within the days when Jack Nicklaus, Gary Participant, Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman have been including their names to the Stonehaven Cup.
The prize cash of 1.25 million Australian ($903,000) and A$225,000 ($163,000) to the winner this yr cannot compete with different tournaments all over the world.
”We at the moment are taking part in the Australian Open for much less cash than once I turned skilled 20 years in the past,” Ogilvy stated. ”It was a giant event again then. Performed in direction of the tip of the northern hemisphere summer season it was surrounded by just a few different huge occasions. So gamers from elsewhere might carry their households and make the lengthy journey worthwhile. It made sense.”
Ogilvy stated the rising funding in rival excursions means gamers and sponsor cash goes elsewhere.
”The financial clout of the PGA Tour has achieved a lot to break so many occasions held exterior the USA,” Ogilvy stated. ”Solely these within the Center East and perhaps the HSBC occasion in China have been capable of compete financially.”
Kuchar on Wednesday stated the Australian Open’s historical past, and never the prize cash, is a cause he is in Sydney.
”It provides to the attract of coming and taking part in and making an attempt to place your title on that checklist of champions,” Kuchar stated. ”It’s a nationwide Open … golf’s such a giant a part of sport and folks’s lives in Australia.”
The Australian Open area ought to enhance subsequent yr when it’s moved to the week earlier than the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne. The 2019 Open is scheduled Dec. 5-Eight at The Australian.
Historically, lots of the high U.S. and Worldwide gamers within the Presidents Cup come to Australia every week early to recover from jet lag and acclimatize to the Australian situations.
The Australian Open would be the first qualifying event for subsequent yr’s British Open at Royal Portrush, with the highest three gamers not already exempt incomes spots.