Wendell Sailor to tee it up at NZ Open

Last updated 17:10 15/01/2014

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Former Australian rugby professional Wendell Sailor will play in the Pro-Am event at next month's New Zealand Open.  

Sailor's exceptional 16-year sporting career included representing Australia in rugby ueague and rugby union.

A keen golfer, Sailor is excited to be included in the 2014 Open field, to be held at The Hills and Millbrook golf courses from February 27 to March 2.

"I've spent a bit of time in New Zealand. I love golf and I have had some great times in Queenstown, so the opportunity to play in front of the crowds at the New Zealand Open is really exciting," Sailor said.

Sailor will join a host of former rugby legends in the amateur field including World Cup winning Wallabies Captain Nick Farr-Jones, All Black greats Jeff Wilson and Justin Marshall, and cricketing legends Ricky Ponting, Allan Border and Stephen Fleming.

Ever the competitor, Sailor is looking to take on some of his mates and former rivals from across a number of sporting codes.

"I often play golf when I am in New Zealand, so I'm excited to get out there and hit some balls," Sailor said.

"Allan Border was a hero of mine growing up, so I am looking forward to giving him and [Ricky] Ponting a run for their money," he said.

The NZ Open will see amateurs play in a 'best-ball' competition alongside the professional field in an event that follows the format of the famous AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.  

Sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia, the NZ Open is part of the Australasian tour.

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- Fairfax Media

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