Golf Australia

EMIRATES MEN'S AUSTRALIAN OPEN

10 - 13 November 2011

The Emirates Australian Open is Golf Australia's National Open Men's Championship, and is sanctioned by the Australian PGA Tour and forms part of the ONEASIA series of events.

The tournament has a rich history that was first played in 1904, appropriately at The Australian Golf Club. Since then, the event has been the stage for the game’s greatest ever players as they have battled to claim Australian golf’s most prized piece of silverware - the Stonehaven Cup. It is of no surprise then, that the names engraved on the cup are synonymous with Major championship history.

Three of the sport’s four Immortals are there; in addition to South African Gary Player’s record of seven inscriptions (most indelibly alongside the year 1965 when he plundered Kooyonga to the phenomenal tune of 28 under-par), Jack Nicklaus’s name is on the cup six times, and Sarazen is there once for his win at Metropolitan in 1936 after he made good his promise to return.

Stonehaven Cup History

Visit the website of the host club - The Lakes Golf Club, Sydney, NSW

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Greg Chalmers has won the 2011 Emirates Australian Open following an intense final round at The Lakes Golf Club.

Chalmers, the 1998 Australian Open Champion, claimed his second Stonehaven Cup holding off a world class leaderboard of challengers to take the title.

“I’ve got my name twice on the Stonehaven Cup, that’s phenomenal,” said Chalmers.

“It’s one of the strongest fields we’ve had in Australian golf in a long time. But to go out there and get that done over the last two days and shoot 8-under on the weekend, that does something to me, that really floats my boat. It’s very exciting.”

Wearing his emotions on his sleeve at the post round presentation and media conference, Chalmers was an emotional Emirates Australian Open champion but said the win only inspires him to pursue new challenges.

“Now I want to win three. That’s just the nature of it.”

On his way to victory Chalmers shot a final round of 3-under 69 to finish with a 13-under par total.

Despite finding the bunker on the last, he edged out John Senden who was likewise chasing his second Australian Open title.

Tiger Woods finished in outright third, his final round of 5-under par sending a message to the crowds that the former World No. 1 is finding his way back to the top.

“I had the lead at Augusta on Sunday (in the 2011 US Masters), that was the last time I've been in that spot," said Woods.

"I had a chance and I kept telling myself I need to post 13, 14 (under) to get it up there and see what happens."

"Unfortunately I didn't post the number I wanted to post."

2010 Australian Open Champion Geoff Ogilvy shot the best round of the day delighting crowds with 7-under.

Ogilvy finished with a 9-under total in a tie for fourth with an all star cast that included Nick O’Hern, Adam Scott, Jason Day and Nick Watney.

Aaron Baddeley and Ryan Haller rounded out the top ten finishing in equal ninth at 8-under par.

American Kelly Kraft finished the Emirates Australian Open as the highest ranked Amateur at 3-under par following rounds of 71, 74, 68 and 72.

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events, George Souris congratulated Greg Chalmers on winning the Emirates Australian Open.

“It’s always satisfying to see an Aussie win a major sporting event. This has been a magnificent tournament and has lived up to its promise with so many of the world’s top golfers in attendance including the great Tiger Woods who was in the running for the title right to the end. I hope this tournament in the Harbour City marks the resurgence of Tiger and he has fond memories of his visit here.

“As for the tournament itself, it has been a raging success, with around 70,000 attendees on the course. This is almost double last year’s numbers plus the event attracts a worldwide television audience of hundreds of millions.

"The NSW Government through Destination NSW is proud to support the Australian Open, a major international sporting event on the NSW Events Calendar. We will continue to work closely with Golf Australia and the PGA into the future," he said.

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