Australian's at the 2008 WGC

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The world Golf Championships (WGC), which officially began in 1999, kicks off this week, returning to the Firestone Country Club in Akron Ohio. This will be the third installment of the WGC for 2008 which consists of three annual events for professional male golfers; the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship, the WGC CA Championship and the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. The WGC was created by the International Federation of PGA Tours.

Unfortunately I wont be able to watch it live because I have a life which involves sleep at those ridiculous hours but the Golf Channel is great for keeping tabs.

The $8 million WGC Bridgestone Invitational which begins this week sees Australia’s Geoff Ogilvy chasing his third victory, having won in 2006 and again earlier this year at the CA Championship. Craig 'the legend' Parry is the only other Australian to have recorded a win at the WGC, winning the Invitational in 2002 at Sahalee Country Club.

12 Australian’s will be teeing off this week; Geoff Ogilvy, Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Aaron Baddeley, Nick O'Hern, Richard Green, Scott Strange, Peter Lonard, Rod Pampling, Brendan Jones, Craig Parry and Adam Scott.

Tiger 'ouch, my knee' Woods has had 14 victories in 25 career starts in the WGC events, including 3 wins at Firestone, so as great as it must be to play against Tiger, his withdrawal due to injury must take some pressure off the Aussie golfers.

Even though the Tournament is labeled the World Golf Championships the matches are always contested in the United States. Because, as everyone knows the US IS the world. The Bridgestone Invitational will see our Australian golfers playing at Firestone, a course which has been dominated by Tiger since the Tournament began.

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