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Adelaide & Perth Share Australian Golf's Stage

World No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn is searching for her first Women's Australian Open title.
Arguably the most significant week on the regular Australian golf calendar has arrived with the Women's Australian Open and World Super 6 Perth getting underway tomorrow in Adelaide and Perth respectively.

With co-sanctioning by the LPGA Tour and ALPG, the Women's Australian Open returns to the West Course at The Grange Golf Club with 10 of the world's top 20 players teeing it up.

World No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn, New Zealander Lydia Ko and American World No. 17 Nelly Korda form the marquee group for the first two rounds.

Local hope and World No. 6 Minjee Lee will look to respond from a lacklustre performance at the Vic Open alongside last week's winner Celine Boutier and Korean Amy Yang for the first 36 holes.

Also among the groups to watch is the trio of defending champion Jin Young Ko, reigning Women's British Open winner Georgia Hall and Australian golf legend Karrie Webb who is vying for her sixth national title.

The local contingent is strengthened by the presence of last week's joint runners-up Su Oh and Sarah Kemp, while Katherine Kirk (T5 last week), Sarah Jane Smith, Karis Davidson, Hannah Green, Rebecca Artis and South Australian Steph Na are also in the field.

Across the Nullarbor, the European Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia co-sanction the World Super 6 Perth as Lake Karrinyup Country Club deepens its history as a major tournament venue.

There won't be quite the star starpower on show as there will be in Adelaide, but the event's innovative knockout format continues to set it apart from the seemingly constant diet of 72-hole stroke play.

$1.6 million is up for grabs in the third instalmant of the rebranded World Super 6 Perth. 

A regular cut will fall after 36 holes and only the top-24 players following 54 holes of regulation play will advance to the final day which will stage a series of six-hole knockout matches until a winner is crowned.

Geoff Ogilvy continues his return to more regular competitive play, making his debut at the event while local Min Woo Lee while make his Australian professional debut fresh off a hefty windfall for finishing fourth alone at the Saudi International a fortnight ago.

And perhaps Australia's greatest hope of hoisting the trophy is Lucas Herbert, who will be looking to avenge his semi-final defeat 12 months ago at the hands of eventual winner Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

The 23-year-old Victorian emerged as one of the breakout stars of the European Tour last season, earning more than €1 million.

Herbert and Lee will play together for the opening 36 holes along with last week's Vic Open men's winner David Law.

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