Tom Watson to play Australian Open

Tom Watson hits his tee shot on the fifth hole during the second round of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club.

Tom Watson hits his tee shot on the fifth hole during the second round of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club.

Tom Watson has commit to play this year’s Australian Open, his first appearance at the event in nearly 30 years. Watson, who turns 63 Tuesday, won the 1984 Australian Open. This year’s championship is scheduled for Dec. 6-9 at The Lakes Golf Club in New South Wales.

The eight-time major champion continues to have success against younger competition, having made the cut in two of three PGA Tour starts in 2012. He missed the cut at Augusta, but made the cut at both the Open Championship and Greenbrier Classic.

Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy and defending champion Greg Chalmers also made early commitments to the tournament. The Emirates Australian Open is co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and OneAsia Tour.

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