More big names for Masters

By on October 29, 2013


Melbourne-bound … Vijay Singh will play in the Australian Masters. Source: Charles Rex Arbogast / AAP

THE Australian Masters added a host of big-name entrants today, making it one of the deepest fields the tournament has ever had.

Former world No.1 Vijay Singh and Presidents Cup star Brendon de Jonge will both play at Royal Melbourne from November 14-17, fine-tuning their preparations for the World Cup a week later.

Victorian US PGA Tour aces Marc Leishman and Geoff Ogilvy also signed on, adding to a field that already contains world No.2 Aussie Adam Scott and No.8 American Matt Kuchar.

Past champions Peter Senior, Richard Green, Craig Parry and Peter Lonard also committed, while Australasian Tour No.1 Jin Jeong will try to repeat his Perth International heroics and three-time Asian Tour winner Scott Hend will seek to keep up his winning form.

The Masters will also mark the return to competitive play for Jarrod Lyle for the first time in 18 months after beating leukaemia for a second time.

To honour Lyle’s return in his quest to get back to the US PGA Tour next year, Masters owner IMG has struck a deal with kids’ cancer charity Challenge, an organisation close to the 31-year-old’s heart.

Lyle’s sponsor Titleist has donated a minimum 500 specially embroidered hats to mark his comeback, with all money raised going directly to Challenge. | Golf

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