Chalmers says he'll attempt Australian trifecta


Greg Chalmers says he will play the JBWere Masters next month in his native Australia, a decision that came Monday after speaking with his wife and agent.

The left-hander will vie for the Australian Triple Crown after winning the Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship.

'I have a lot to play for. I would like to take some time off but at the same time I am acknowledging I am going to have some big tournament next year with the British Open and World Golf Championship events,' Chalmers said to The Australian.

With a win in the Aussie Masters, Chalmers would become the second player to sweep the country's three biggest events. Robert Allenby, who Chalmers beat as part of a three-man playoff for the Aussie PGA, is the only man to accomplish the feat. Allenby did so in 2005. 

Chalmers downplayed the importance of a third straight victory.

'It's not really a factor in the decision,' Chalmers said. 'Robert has achieved that. That would be a nice sideline.'

Another win by Chalmers could also get him inside the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking by year's end, which would come with an invitation to the Masters. The win in Coolum landed Chalmers in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. 

With a huge lead in the Australasian PGA Tour's Order of Merit, Chalmers is assured a spot in the Open Championship, WGC-Cadillac Championship and WGC-HSBC Champions.