WGC-HSBC Champions – 4-7 November, 2010
Name: Robert Allenby
Tournament Wins: 22
After concentrating on the US PGA Tour for 11 years, he returned to full Membership of The European Tour in 2009 and came close to adding to his four European Tour titles with three top threes, including joint second to Tiger Woods in the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational and reaching the semi-final of the Volvo World Match Play Championship.
Robert finally got his reward for a fine season by winning the Australian PGA Championship and the Nedbank Golf Challenge in the last month of the decade. In his early career, he played full-time in Europe between turning professional in 1992 and 1998 and won four titles, including three victories in 1996 when he finished third on the Order of Merit. However that season ended prematurely, in October, when he suffered a broken sternum and facial injuries in a car crash in Spain.
Allenby was presented with the Ben Hogan Award in 2001 by the Golf Writers Association of America for the way he recovered from that accident as he went on to win four times on the US PGA Tour and played on five Presidents Cup teams. In 2005, he became first player to win Australian "Triple Crown"of the Australian Open, PGA and Masters in consecutive weeks.
Robert came 21st in The Race to Dubai Rankings in 2009, helped by a joint 13th place finish at the Dubai World Championship.
Name: Jason Day
Height: 5ft 11in
Tournament Wins: 2
Australian Jason Day started getting into golf when he was encouraged to attend a golf academy in Australia by his coach, Col Swatton, Day borrowed a Tiger Woods book from his roommate and gained inspiration from reading it.
As an amateur, Day accumulated a great deal of success in Australia, twice being awarded the Australian Junior Order of Merit. He finished seventh and was the leading amateur at the Queensland Open. His amateur success extended to the United States where he won the Boys 15–17 division at the 2004 Callaway World Junior Championship and was runner-up in the 2005 Porter Cup.
Day turned professional in July 2006 after winning the Green Jacket at the NEC Master of the Amateurs and made the cut in five of his first six PGA Tour events as a pro with a best finish of eleventh at the Reno-Tahoe Open and with official winnings of over $160,000.
Day won his first Nationwide Tour event in July 2007 at the Legend Financial Group Classic, becoming the youngest man to win on any of the PGA Tour's three tours. The win jumped him to eighth on the Nationwide Tour's money list.
In May 2010, Day survived a ball in the water on the final hole to win his first PGA TOUR title at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. The Australian nearly withdrew Thursday morning because he felt so ill due to medication for a lingering sinus infection, but finished with a final-round 72 to win at age 22 and become the youngest Australian to win a PGA Tour event.
Name: Marcus Fraser
Tournament Wins: 4
Marcus Fraser turned professional in 2002 and won his maiden Challenge Tour title at the Nykredit Danish Open the following year. His second success quickly followed when he holed his wedge shot to seal victory in a play-off at the Talma Finnish Challenge.
Just a fortnight later, he triumphed in another play-off to win the dual-ranking BMW Russian Open at Le Meridien Moscow Country Club and thus securing playing privileges on the European Tour for the 2004 season.
He has been a consistent and regular member of the European Tour ever since but has yet to add to his early victory. His best performance since 2003 was his second place finish in the Sportsbet Australian Masters at the beginning of the 2009 season.
Name: Geoff Ogilvy
Tournament Wins: 9
Australian born Geoff Ogilvy turned professional in May 1998 and won a European Tour card at that year's Qualifying school. His love of golf began when he was given a cut-down club by his dad at the age of 7 and progressed to a scratch handicap golfer by 16 years old.
Ogilvy played on the European Tour in 1999 and 2000 and later joined the PGA Tour in 2001. Ogilvy’s first professional tournament win came in 2005 at the PGA Tour's Chrysler Classic of Tucson.
Ogilvy announced his arrival on the global stage at the beginning of that season with victory in the WGC – Accenture Match Play, beating Davis Love III in the final at La Costa, he then went on to become only the second Australian after David Graham to win the US Open Championship when he triumphed in dramatic fashion at Winged Foot. This success moved Ogilvy into the top ten of the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time, at Number 8.
Ogilvy continued to write his name in the history books by winning the 2008 WGC – CA Championship and then the WGC – Accenture Match Play for a second time in 2009, defeating Paul Casey in the final. This win brought him up to 4th in the Official World Golf Rankings.
In January 2010, Ogilvy won the SBS Championship, the opening event of the 2010 PGA Tour.
Name: Adam Scott
Height: 6ft 0in
Tournament Wins: 17
Adam Scott has established himself as a world-class golfer with wins around the globe, the most recent coming at the 2010 Valero Texas Open where he rallied from four strokes back on the final marathon day at the Valero Texas Open for his first PGA TOUR victory in two years.
Scott’s previous win came at the 2008 Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy. The affable Australian, who lives in Switzerland, blew the field away on the final day at the Doha Golf Club, shooting an 11 under par round of 61. That set a course record, and earned him a BMW 650i coupe and a winner’s cheque for €285,071.
Scott had five top tens in 2009, finishing tied sixth at both the HSBC Champions and JBWere Masters, joint fourth at The Barclays Scottish Open, tied third at the Barclays Singapore Open and tied seventh at the Dubai World Championship.
The Australian has won six times on The European Tour and in 2004, at the age of 23 years, eight months and 12 days, he became the youngest winner of The Players Championship on the US PGA Tour. His professional career started when he secured his European Tour card for 2001 in just eight starts.
Name: Michael Sim
Height: 6ft 1in
Tournament Wins: 4
Michael Sim was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, and moved to Australia when he was 5 years old. He was the top ranked amateur in the world in 2005 having won four titles during the year including the Sunnehanna Amateur, which boasts major winners Ben Crenshaw and Tommy Aaron amongst its list of former champions. He turned professional at the end of the year.
Sim played on the Nationwide Tour in 2006, and qualified for the PGA Tour by virtue of a 19th place finish on the end of season money list, aided by a win at PalmettoPride Classic. After a late start to the 2007 season, caused by a stress fracture of the spine, he finished 169th on the PGA Tour money list. He was granted a medical extension for 2008, but failed to win enough money in five events to retain his place on the PGA Tour, and he returned to the second tier Nationwide Tour. In April 2009, Sim's bid to return to the elite tour got off to a good start when he secured his second career victory at the Stonebrae Classic, finishing six strokes clear of the field. The following week he finished in second after losing in a playoff to Patrick Sheehan, and then in May he won the BMW Charity Pro-Am in a playoff over Fabián Gómez.
Sim played with Tiger Woods during the final round of the 2009 U. S. Open and finished in at tie for 18th. He was invited a month later by the PGA to play in the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club where he finished T51.
Sim won the Christmas in October Classic to earn an automatic "battlefield promotion" to the PGA Tour. The victory was his third Nationwide Tour win of 2009 and his fourth overall. With the win he also set the Nationwide Tour single season money title, earning well over half a million dollars. He was one of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Rankings in 2009, which earned him entry into the 2010 Masters Tournament; he later withdrew from the tournament due to injury. He also won the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit in 2009.