Australian Open Golf

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Adam Scott is the man to beat at The Lakes. Picture: Brett Costello/

Australian Masters champion Adam Scott  and world number four Justin Rose  dominate betting for the Australian Open golf tournament, which kicks off at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney on Thursday. Just how 2009 winner Scott performs could be interesting, with the 32 year-old reportedly not going to use the controversial broomstick putter that has been a key element of his resurgence in recent years.

Englishman Justin Rose has been in fine form this year having won the World Golf Championships, finished 2nd at the PGA Tour Championship and been part of the victorious European Ryder Cup team. At his most recent tournament start Rose finished 2nd to world number one Rory McIlroy at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. He has tasted success down under before, having won the Masters six years ago.

63 year-old American veteran Tom Watson  – who won the event in 1984 – and 14 year-old Chinese prodigy Guan Tianlang show the diversity in the field. Several other former champions will tee off at The Lakes on Thursday, including last year’s hero Greg Chalmers , who is back to defend his crown, while Geoff Ogilvy , John Senden  and Stuart Appleby  are also in the lineup. Marc Leishman  was the only Australian to win on the PGA Tour in 2012 and he is joined in the field by Phoenix Open victor Kyle Stanley .

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