Australia, with nine entrants including major debutant Brett Jones and US Open cult figure Cam Smith, will again look to Jason Day, hoping he can make that long-awaited major breakthrough.
Day, 27, has remarkably finished in the top 10 of nine majors since performing so well at this event for a T10 finish in 2010.
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Among those are three runner-up finishes, a third and two fourths – and with victory in Canada and a bold run at the WGC under his belt, he’s surely ready to take that step. “I'm excited for this week and just need a few little tightening-up tweaks," Day said this week.
"My short game was great most of (last) week … and I know I can give myself a great chance of getting my first major." Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, John Senden, Matt Jones and the in-form Steve Bowditch also have claims to the Wannamaker Trophy.
Golf Australia rookie pro Smith made a huge splash at June’s US Open when he roared home to finish T4, and his unflappable manner should again stand him in good stead. Matt’s brother Brett Jones is making his debut after qualifying through the club pros’ championship in the US, while Geoff Ogilvy enters in good major championship form but having missed the cut at last week’s Barracuda Championship.
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