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The ISPS HANDA Australian Open will be packed with stars and Australia's favourites returning home, see below confirmed players with more to come.

Current entry list:

Confirmed male marquee players

Cameron Smith (QLD)

One of world golf’s superstars, Cam is looking to join a small group of golfers to win the Joe Kirkwood Cup four times. His three-shot victory last year as he returned home to Brisbane from his memorable 150th Open Championship triumph at the home of golf, St Andrews, produced unprecedented scenes at Royal Queensland. A former world No.2, Cam picked up two top-10 finishes in majors this year, as well as two LIV Golf titles.

  • Major wins: 1 (2022 Open Championship)

  • Challenger PGA Tour Australasia wins: 3 (2017, 2018, 2022 Australian PGA Championship)

  • PGA Tour wins: 6

  • DP World Tour wins: 4

  • LIV Golf wins: 3

  • 2023 best finishes: 4th US Open, T9th US PGA Championship; 1st LIV London; 1st LIV Bedminster; T2nd LIV Tulsa; 4th LIV Adelaide; 6th LIV Mayakoba

Adam Scott (QLD)

The first and still only Australian to win The Masters at Augusta National has been at the top of the game in this country for more than two decades. Still entrenched in the world top 50, Adam has already won the Kirkwood Cup two times and is sure to have huge, parochial home-state support in Queensland as he tries to complete the treble. His 2023 campaign on the US PGA Tour featured four top-10 finishes, showing he is well on track for an 11th Presidents Cup appearance for The International team next year.

  • Major wins: 1 (2013 Masters)

  • Challenger PGA Tour Australasia wins: 5 (2009 Australian Open, 2012 Australian Masters, 2013 Australian PGA Championship, 2013 Australian Masters, 2019 Australian PGA Championship).

  • PGA Tour wins: 14

  • DP World Tour wins: 11

  • 2023 best finishes: T5th Wells Fargo Championship; T7th Wyndham Championship; T7th BMW PGA Championship; T8th AT&T Byron Nelson; T9th The Memorial Championship

Min Woo Lee (WA)

One of the rising superstars in world golf, Min Woo’s spectacular play has allowed him to successfully follow the pathway from the Challenger PGA Tour of Australasia to the DP World Tour and now the US PGA Tour for 2024. Always entertaining and with a huge social media presence, Min Woo produces his best golf in the big events and this year figured in the top-10 of both the US Open and Players Championship, as well as scoring a victory on the Asian Tour at the Macau Open where he totalled an amazing 30-under-par. He’s determined to win one of Aussie golf’s majors this summer.

  • Challenger PGA Tour Australasia wins: 1 (2019 Vic Open)

  • DP World Tour wins: 2

  • Major wins: 0

  • 2023 best finishes: 1st Macau Open; T2nd Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, T5th US Open, T6th The Players Championship, T7th Irish Open, T9th Travellers Championship.

Cameron Davis (NSW)

Cam lifted his Official World Golf Ranking to a career-high inside the top 50 in 2023 thanks to a strong season on the US PGA Tour which included a top five at the US PGA Championship. This week he will be trying to join an elite group of golfers to complete the Australian Open and Australian PGA double. His Open win came in 2017 when, at age 22, he stunned the golf world with a closing 64 to claim the title at The Australian Golf Club. Cam made his Presidents Cup debut in 2022 and is sure to be a presence for the Internationals again in 2024.

  • Challenger PGA Tour Australasia wins: 1 (2017 Australian Open)

  • PGA Tour wins: 1

  • Major wins: 0

  • 2023 best finishes: 3rd Fortinet Championship; T4th US PGA Championship; T6th The Players Championship; T6th Fedex St Jude Championship; T7th RBC Heritage; T7th Wyndham Championship; T7th Shriners Children’s Open; T10th 3M Open

Lucas Herbert (VIC)

One of the best putters on Tour and a threat in any tournament when he gets hot, Herbert added a third DP World Tour title to his career record this year when he triumphed in Japan in April. He also has one victory on the US PGA Tour where he now plays most of his golf. Originally from Bendigo in country Victoria, Herbert spends plenty of time on the Sunshine Coast where his coach Dom Azzopardi is based.

  • Challenger PGA Tour Australasia wins: 0

  • PGA Tour wins: 1

  • DP World Tour wins: 3

  • Major wins: 0

  • 2023 best finishes: 1st ISPS HANDA Championship; 3rd Dubai Desert Classic; 3rd Saudi International; T9th WGC Dell Technologies Matchplay

Marc Leishman (VIC)

A constant presence as one of Australian golf’s leading performers on the world stage, climbing to as high as 12th in the world with six top-10 finishes in major championships, Leishman would love to add the Kirkwood Cup to his list of achievements. He finished 12th at Royal Queensland last year and has had four top-10 finishes worldwide in 2023.

  • Challenger PGA Tour Australasia wins: 4 (2007 Toyota Southern Classic, 2006 Jisan Resort Open, 2006 Queensland Cairns Classic, 2006 Toyota Southern Classic)

  • US PGA Tour wins: 6

  • DP World Tour wins: 1

  • Major wins: 0

  • 2023 best finishes: T2nd LIV Chicago, T2nd LIV London, T6th Saudi International, T7th LIV Bedminster

Adrian Meronk (Poland)

Something of a late bloomer in professional golf, Meronk is now one of the DP World Tour’s leading players. He turned pro in 2016 and became the first Pole to win on DP World Tour when he triumphed in the 2022 Irish Open. Later in the year, he conquered Australia’s best to claim the ISPS HANDA Australian Open at Victoria Golf Club, beating Adam Scott by five shots. Meronk was in strong contention to make Europe’s Ryder Cup team this year and was considered to be an unlucky omission from the final squad of 12. A couple of weeks later he shot 66-66 at the weekend to win the Andalucia Masters

  • Challenger PGA Tour Australasia wins: 1 (2022 ISPS HANDA Australian Open)

  • DP World Tour wins: 4

  • Major wins: 0

  • 2023 best finishes: 1st Andalucia Masters, 1st Italian Open, T3rd BMW International, T4th Ras Al Khaimah Open, T5th KLM Open; T10th Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Robert MacIntyre (Scotland)

After an outstanding amateur career, MacIntyre turned pro in 2017 and had a victory in just his second tournament in Kuwait. In 2019, he became the leading Scot in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time and claimed the DP World Tour’s Rookie of the Year Award. However the lefthander’s breakthrough year came in 2020 when he collected his first DP World Tour title in Cyprus. A second title followed in 2022 in Italy on the same course where he represented Europe with distinction in this year’s Ryder Cup victory against the United States.

  • Challenger PGA Tour Australasia wins: 0

  • DP World Tour wins: 2

  • Major wins: 0

  • 2023 best finishes: 2nd Scottish Open; T4th Made In Himmerland; T4th Czech Masters; T6th Qatar Masters; T6th ISPS HANDA Championship; T7th Korea Championship; T7th Kenya Open

Confirmed women marquee players

Minjee Lee (WA)

It’s been another big year for Australia’s highest-ranked golfer, man or woman. Minjee backed up a win at the Kroger Queen City Championship in September with a victory six weeks later at the BMW Ladies Championship to climb to No.6 in the world. She now has 10 LPGA Tour wins on her resume, the third most by any Australian. The former US Open champion also announced she would jointly host Webex Players Series Perth alongside her brother Min Woo at their home club, Royal Fremantle, at the start of 2025.

  • WPGA Tour Australasia wins: 2 (2014 Vic Open; 2018 Vic Open)

  • Worldwide wins: 13

  • Major wins: 2

  • 2023 best finishes: 1st BMW Ladies Championship; 1st Kroger Queen City Championship; 2nd Cognisant Founders Cup; T7th Dana Open.

Hannah Green (WA)

Hannah broke through for her first LPGA Tour victory since 2019 when she claimed the JM Eagle LA Championship in April, triumphing in a three-way playoff after shooting four rounds in the 60s. Although she hasn’t claimed the Australian Open as yet, Hannah did pick up two wins on home soil in 2022, including making history as the first woman to win a 72-hole mixed gender professional event. She is due to marry Challenger PGA Tour of Australasia member Jarryd Felton in WA in February.

  • WPGA Tour Australasia wins: 4 (incl 2022 Vic Open and 2022 TPS Murray River)

  • Worldwide wins: 10

  • Major wins: 1

  • 2023 best finishes: 1st JM Eagle LA Championship; T4th CPKC Women’s Open; 7th NW Arkansas Championship

Jiyai Shin (Korea)

A frequent and successful visitor to Australia who now plays most of her golf in Japan, Jiyai is a former world No.1 and a two-time major championship winner. This week, she will be chasing her second win of the year in this country following on from a Vic Open success at 13th Beach in February – and a second Women’s Australian Open title after triumphing at Royal Adelaide in 2013. With 64 wins worldwide on six different tours, she is the winningest Korean golfer, male or female, of all time.

  • WPGA Tour Australasia wins: 4 (2013 Australian Open; 2016 RACV Ladies Masters; 2018 Canberra Classic; 2023 Women’s Vic Open).

  • Worldwide wins: 64

  • Major wins: 2

  • 2023 best finishes (LPGA): T2nd US Women’s Open; 3rd AIG Women’s Open; T4th Toto Japan Classic; T5th BMW Ladies Championship (Other tours): 1st Women’s Vic Open; 1st Daikan Orchid Ladies; 1st Earth Mondahmin Cup

Ashleigh Buhai (South Africa)

The best golf of Ashleigh’s career has come in the past two years, including a debut major championship win at the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield in Scotland and last year’s Women’s Australian Open in Melbourne. She turned pro just after her 18th birthday and qualified for the LPGA Tour for the first time seven years later. Ashleigh has been a frequent visitor to Australia since her amateur days, including a win at the Jack Newton Junior International Classic in 2004.

  • WPGA Tour Australasia wins: 1 (2022 Australian Open)

  • Worldwide wins: 21

  • Major wins: 1

  • 2023 best finishes: 1st Shoprite LPGA Classic; 1st Investec SA Women’s Open (LET); 3rd Cognizant Founders Cup; T7th Mizuho Americas Open; T9th Tournament of Champions

Grace Kim (NSW)

The winner of the Australian Women’s Amateur in 2021, Kim has made a highly successful transition to professional golf, breaking through for her first LPGA Tour earlier this year at the Lotte Championship in Hawaii. The Sydneysider won at the third playoff hole in just her third event on the No.2 Tour for women’s golf. In 2022, Kim finished fifth overall on the Epson Tour standings with a win and five top-10s.

  • WPGA Tour Australasia wins: 0

  • Worldwide wins: 4

  • Major wins: 0

  • 2023 best finishes: 1st Lotte Championship; T10th Cognizant Founders Cup

Jenny Shin (Korea)

A professional since 2010, Jenny gained her first LPGA Tour card a year later and has been inside the top 100 on the world ranking list for the past 11 years. In 2016, she secured the only win of her LPGA career so far at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. She has had 41 top-10 finishes, including four this year, and amassed more than US$6 million in earnings.

  • WPGA Tour Australasia wins: 0

  • Worldwide wins: 2

  • Major wins: 0

  • 2023 best finishes: T3rd NW Arkansas Championship; T6th ShopRite LPGA Classic; T10th BMW Ladies Championship; T8th KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Steph Kyriacou (NSW)

Back in her hometown, Steph, who first took up the game when she was four-years-old, will be a big crowd favourite this week as she tries to capture her national Open for the first time. A member of the LPGA Tour for the past two years, Steph is the No.4 Australian on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings and has recorded four top-10 finishes this year. She finished in a share of eighth in last year’s Open.

  • WPGA Tour Australasia wins: 1 (2020 Australian Ladies Classic)

  • Worldwide wins: 2

  • Major wins: 0

  • 2023 best finishes: T2 Webex Players Series Victoria; T4th Aramco Team Series Hong Kong; T4th Dana Open; T10th Mizuho Americas Open

Sarah Kemp (NSW)

As an amateur, Sarah was a two-time Australian Strokeplay champion, earned low amateur honours at the 2003 Women's Australian Open and also won the 2003 Australian Girls' Amateur. She turned pro in 2005 and has gone on to play with distinction on the WPGA Tour of Australasia, Ladies European Tour and LPGA Tour where she has been a member since 2008. Earlier this year, she was the highest-placed woman at the mixed gender Webex Players Series event in Sydney.

  • WPGA Tour Australasia wins: 12

  • Worldwide wins: 12

  • Major wins: 0

  • 2023 best finishes: 4th The Ascendent LPGA; T9th Scottish Open; T9th Vic Open (WPGA)

So Yeon Ryu (Korea)

Like her Korean counterpart Jiyai Shin, So Yeon is a former world No.1 and a winner of two major championships - the 2011 US Open and the 2017 ANA Inspiration - as part of six victories on the LPGA Tour. From 2012 through to 2018, she never finished outside the top 10 on the Women’s World Golf Ranking and was part of the Korean team that won the International Crown teams event in 2014, ‘16 and ’18. So Yeon came seventh in last year’s Women’s Australian Open.

  • WPGA Tour Australasia wins: 0

  • Worldwide wins: 21

  • Major wins: 2

  • 2023 best finishes: T7th The Ascendent LPGA

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