100th Open
Past winners of the Australian Open pose for a photo.

We’ve never seen anything like it, nor might we again.

Champions from seven consecutive decades gathered on the first tee at The Australian Golf Club to help celebrate the 100th staging of the Emirates Australian Open in 2015.

And feedback from fans who witnessed it, and those who took part in the Champions’ Commemorative Drive, was overwhelmingly positive.

“I’m tickled to death that the Australian Open has made such a resurgence… and to be part of this ceremony brings back such wonderful memories,” World Golf Hall of Fame member and 1977 champion David Graham.

“To be part of the history of the tournament is a wonderful feeling and to see so many people enjoy the ceremony was fantastic.”

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Naturally, not all past champions were available to attend. But many sent their messages of support and memories of what the tournament meant to them,

Here's a mix of what some, from present and afar, said of the occasion:

PAST CHAMPIONS’ MESSAGES

JACK NICKLAUS

ARNOLD PALMER

Arnold Palmer

 

RORY McILROY

“The Australian Open, played on some of the world’s finest courses, always presents a really great challenge.

“My win in 2013 was enormously important to me and the high point of a quiet and sometimes challenging golfing season - with little in the way of silverware.

“I’d even go as far and say that the win gave me great momentum and the confidence to turn my game around leading into the 2014 season.”

JORDAN SPIETH

WAYNE RILEY

“As for what winning the Australian Open means to me, I am an Australian Open champion and always will be. There is no greater honour as an Australian golfer.”

TOM WATSON

Tom Watson

 

TIM CLARK

“Winning the Australian Open was, without question, one of the highlights in my career.

“The tournament has such a great history of past champions that it’s very special to be a part of that.

“The fact that I have so many golfing Australian friends made it special, too, as I know what their national championship means to them and winning any national title is always an honour.

“Plus, it gave me some nice bragging rights for a while.”

BRAD FAXON

“Winning the Stonehaven Cup was the most important win of my career, especially playing with Greg Norman the first two days that year at Metropolitan.”

GARY PLAYER 

Gary Player

 

BRUCE DEVLIN

“55 years ago, my winning the Australian Open was a large part in my deciding to turn professional. My fondest regards to you all.”

BILL ROGERS

“I’ve nothing but the best of memories not only winning Open at Victoria, but falling in love with Australia. It’s a fantastic golf country and sports nation. All the best for your upcoming Open.”

ADAM SCOTT