Tom Watson back at Australian Open

Eight-time major winner and Champions Tour regular Tom Watson

will play in the Australian Open in December for the first time in

nearly 30 years.

Tournament officials said Friday that Watson, who won the

Australian Open in 1984, will join Australians Adam Scott, Geoff

Ogilvy and Greg Chalmers at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney from Dec.

6-9. Scott won the Australian Open in 2009 while Chalmers is the

defending champion.

Watson’s win at Royal Melbourne in 1984 came a year after he won

the last of his eight majors, the 1983 British Open at Royal

Birkdale, his fifth Open championship. He joined the Champions Tour

in 1999 and has 14 wins on the senior tour.