Oz Open gets Daly thumbs up

This year’s Australian Open has been given the thumbs up by John Daly, Stuart Appleby and 2008 runner-up, Mathew Goggin.

Former champion Stuart Appleby, last year’s runner-up Mathew Goggin and American John Daly are all confirmed starters for this year’s Australian Open at New South Wales Golf Club.
Two-time major winner Daly, who made the headlines for all the wrong reasons at last year’s event when he smashed a fan’s camera against a tree, will be one of the star attractions at the event, which will be staged between December 3 and 6.
“I am looking forward to returning to play the 2009 Australian Open and am particularly excited about playing the course at La Perouse for the first time,” said Daly, who won the 1991 US PGA Championship and 1995 British Open.
“I have heard so many great things about the course.”
Having missed the cut at all three events he contested in Australia last summer, Daly will return for the Open and the Australian PGA Championship which follows the week after at Hyatt Regency Coolum on the Sunshine Coast.
After a disappointing 2009 season on the US PGA Tour, having missed the cut eight times in 21 starts and with just one top-10 finish, Appleby will be keen to try and finish his year well, while Goggin will be striving to atone for his near miss at Royal Sydney.
“As soon as the Australian Open title is on the line, there’s always a strong field who are driven by the thought of becoming the Australian Open champion and joining one of the most exclusive roll calls in world golf,” said Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt.
“This field is already impressive with some real crowd favourites and it will only get better over the next few months.”