Doing It Up Down Under

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SYDNEY, Australia -- The European Tour remains in the land down under for this week's ANZ Championship, which is also co-sponsored in association with the Australasian PGA Tour.
 
Held at the New South Wales Golf Club at La Perouse in Sydney, currently ranked amongst the top-50 golf courses in the world, the ANZ welcomes back young gun Paul Casey and the defending champion, Swedens Richard Johnson, who held on for a close victory over Scott Laycock and Craig Parry in last year's contest.
 
The ANZ Championship will again be using the modified Stableford scoring system in which points are given for scoring on each hole. Eight points awarded to a player for a double eagle, five for an eagle and two for a birdie. Pars are worth zero points while a bogey will cost the players a point. Double bogeys or more will see three points subtracted from a players score.
 
It is the same system used at the International, the PGA Tour's stop in Castle Rock, Colo.
 
Among those scheduled to try and deny Johnson a repeat performance are 1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie, Casey, who's coming off a tie for fourth in last week's Heineken Classic, and Thomas Bjorn.
 
Aussie's Stuart Appleby, Craig Parry and Peter Lonard are also showcased in their host country's field. Lonard was runner-up to Ernie Els in the Heineken Classic and Parry was the runner-up here last year.
 
Els, who has won three of the four events he's entered in 2003, is taking a week off and will next play the Johnnie Walker Classic located on Australia's west coast.
 
Surrounded by National Park, the New South Wales Golf Club is located at Cape Banks on the northern headland of Botany Bay approximately 20 miles from Sydney.
 
Statistical Preview of the ANZ Championship