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Ranking the Australians

Shane Bacon
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The PGA Tour has been overrun by international golfers over the last decade that have as much game as anyone born under the red, white and blue. One of the most dominant places these sticks are coming from is Down Under. With Adam Scott taking home his third title in Texas this weekend, it appears it's time to rank the Australians.

1. Geoff Ogilvy: The 2006 U.S. Open champion is the only one in the group with a major title, and he's added six other PGA Tour wins to his resume, including two World Golf Championship events. His game hasn't been as sharp lately, but he is still the biggest threat in this group to win a big event at any time.

2. Adam Scott: His 2009 slump was epic, but his win this week pushed all that aside, and reminded us that when it comes to ball-striking, Scott is near the top of anyone in the world. He has a Players Championship win, and as the putter continues to be consistent, he will be more of a factor in the majors.

3. Robert Allenby: While his win total isn't as high as some of the others on this list (four since 2000), he has been red hot lately, and will most likely end 2010 with a victory.

4. Stuart Appleby: The 39-year-old Appleby has won eight times on the PGA Tour, with his last coming in 2006. He contended in the 2007 Masters until a final-round 75 in tough conditions knocked him out of the title chase. His play in 2010 has been more solid, with two top-10s coming in his last three weeks.

5. Aaron Baddeley: Bads edges Michael Sim only because AB has won on tour before. His game has been improving lately, and as he continues to refine his swing changes, he will add to the two victories he has on the PGA Tour.

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