Ernie Els, Paul Casey and Louis Oosthuizen have their eyes set on the Stonehaven Cup. The trio confirmed that they’ll play in the Emirates Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney later this year. What’s more, Casey and Oosthuizen will appear on Australian soil for the first time in their careers.
Golf Australia CEO Stephen Pitt was delighted by the news, saying, “I think if you’ve watched all of these guys swing a club at some point in their careers, you’ve probably longed to be able to do it just like one of them.”
“Now all three are going to be in Sydney and all Australian golf fans can witness the magic first hand. We’re really excited about the field that’s being assembled and will announce more big names in coming weeks,” he said.
Presidents Cup Warm-Up
This event gives the players one final chance to acclimatize to Oz before the Presidents Cup kicks off at Royal Melbourne Golf Club the following week. International team captain Ernie Els promised that he’d name several new recruits for the biggest event in Australian golf. We think it’s safe to say that the South African has delivered.
Louis Oosthuizen is among the top players in the world and will be a huge addition to the team. The 2010 Open Championship winner is currently ranked No. 22 in the world. If the International team wants to win the Presidents Cup for the first time since 1998, they’ll need the South African to be at his best.
We’ll provide you with the latest golf betting tips in the run-up to the tournament, but as things stand, Team USA are the clear favorites. American captain Tiger Woods has a plethora of superstars at his disposal including Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and Webb Simpson.
However, Ernie Els has Adam Scott, Cameron Smith, Louis Oosthuizen and several other top-class international players on his team. If they can make a strong start, you never know what could happen.
Els Thrilled About Australian Open Appearance
Ernie Els is looking forward to warming up at the Australian Open. The Big Easy will be a huge addition to the tournament. The South African has picked up four major wins, including two Open Championships and two U.S Opens during his glittering career.
“It’s one of those trophies in world golf that has such an incredible history. I love playing national Opens, and it’s been unfortunate that I haven’t been able to play for the Australian title more often with dates often clashing in South Africa. But this year the planets have lined up and I’m really looking forward to playing in Sydney,” he said.
Abraham Ancer Keen To Defend Title
It won’t be plain sailing for Els, Casey and Oosthuizen. World No. 37 and last year’s champion Abraham Ancer will be keen to defend his crown. The Mexican put in a stunning performance at The Lakes Golf Club in 2018. He won the tournament by 5 strokes and picked up a cheque for AUD500,000 in the process.