The Australian Open, we are happy to say, is getting some much-needed respect.
Not only are Adam Scott and Geoff Ogilvy planning on turning out, but American uber-golfer Jordan Spieth, always willing to swing a club or two for the sake of competition, is going to make the journey.
One sign of the gravity Scott is displaying is the fact that he intends to bring Steve Williams in as his caddy, whom Scott won the 2013 Masters with.
Williams used to carry the bag for Tiger Woods. Williams and Scott are no longer a regular team, since Williams has semi-retired, but Scott used him in place of David Clark for the Majors last year.
Scott has not played at Royal Sydney, site of this year’s Australian Open, since 2013, when he was beaten on the final hole by Rory McIllroy.
That loss has remained wedged in Scott’s craw ever since and the fact that he would go to the effort and expense to bring Williams in as caddy clearly demonstrates his desire to atone for the 2013 event.
Another Aussie player who could be worth a look is Rod Pampling, who recently rebuked rumours of his demise by winning on the PGA Tour recently in Las Vegas.