Emett and Keoghan for Open

Last updated 14:47 23/01/2014
AMAZING RACER: Host Phil Keoghan at Tekapo.
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TV host Phil Keoghan and Kiwi chef Josh Emett have signed up to play in the New Zealand Gold Open in Queenstown.

Keoghan, who has worked in tv for 20 years, is no stranger to Queenstown and is a guest of the Milford Track Guided Walk team.

"During my career I've always tried to find an excuse for shooting in Queenstown, so I simply can't wait to come back again. I just never thought it would be for golf," Keoghan said.

He is best known for his role as presenter for The Amazing Race.

"Queenstown is also where I broke a world bungee jump record, leaping with commercial bungy jumping inventor Henry Van Asch. You never know, he might get me up there again!  

New Zealand Master Chef judge Josh Emett will also join the celebrity pack.

Emett has two restaurants in Queenstown - Rata and his new venture Madam Woos - and said he was looking forward to "a different sort of challenge".

Although no stranger to the limelight, Emett, who is a guest of Michael Hill Jewellers in the tournament, confessed that "teeing off in front of a crowd of people, quite frankly, terrifies me".

"My game needs plenty of work but I've been hitting the driving range and getting in a few rounds."

The four day tournament will also feature major Australasian sporting celebrities - former cricketers Stephen Fleming, Ricky Ponting, Allan Border and Mark Richardsonand rugby greats Jeff Wilson, Justin Marshall and Nick Farr-Jones. Also joining the field is former New Zealand netballer Julie Coney, ex All Blacks Andrew Mehrtens and Andy Haden and ex All Black coach John Hart.

Today's announcement comes hot on the heels of news that well-known American dancer, choreographer and model Cris Judd will also join the field alongside Australian rugby great Wendell Sailor.

Tournament Director Michael Glading said:  "There are certainly some old sporting rivalries at play this year and it'll be great to see everyone's competitive natures come out in force.''

The NZ Open is on from February 27 to Sunday March 2.

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