Aussie footy legend joins former tennis number one Ash Barty in star-studded golf competition


Aussie footy legend joins Ash Barty in star-studded new golf competition that will see them face some of the biggest names in world sport

  • Wallabies legend George Gregan, 49, will play in star-studded golf Icon Series
  • Gregan will join fellow Australian sporting greats Ricky Ponting and Ash Barty
  • The two-day tournament will be staged in New Jersey on June 30 and July 1
  • Football manager Pep Guardiola and US swimmer Michael Phelps also will play

Decorated former Wallabies captain George Gregan has confirmed he will join ex-tennis star Ash Barty in a golf competition to be staged in the US.

Gregan, 49, will tee off in the Icon Series – an exhibition golf event featuring global sporting identities – in Jersey City, New Jersey on June 30 and July 1.

Fellow Australian sporting legend Ricky Ponting will also hit the greens in the tournament, to be played over a nine-hole team matchplay format at the Liberty National course. 

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, former boxer Oscar De La Hoya and retired US swimmer Michael Phelps are also confirmed starters.

Golfing great Fred Couples will captain the US team, with iconic South African golfer Ernie Els to skipper the Rest of the World team.

Former Wallabies captain George Gregan (pictured with leading Aussie golfer Jason Day) has confirmed he will join Ash Barty in an exciting golf competition to be staged in the US

Gregan will be on the same Rest of the World team as Barty for the exhibition golf event in Jersey City, New Jersey on June 30 and July 1

Gregan will be on the same Rest of the World team as Barty for the exhibition golf event in Jersey City, New Jersey on June 30 and July 1

Gregan, who played 139 Tests for Australia, has known Ponting for many years and is looking forward to seeing Barty again. 

‘I have briefly met Ash Barty. I have heard nothing but great things from good friends of mine and look forward to the opportunity to spend some time with her,’ he said.

‘Playing golf is the bonus.’

In April, Barty, 26, signed on to play in the international golf exhibition.

It came just weeks after she stunned the tennis world by announcing her retirement from the sport – despite being ranked world number one at the time. 

She has been named in Els’ Rest of the World team and is anything but a weekend hacker.

Cricket great Ricky Ponting will also grace the greens in the US, named in Ernie Els' Rest of the World squad

Cricket great Ricky Ponting will also grace the greens in the US, named in Ernie Els’ Rest of the World squad

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is another big name heading to New Jersey to play at Liberty National

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is another big name heading to New Jersey to play at Liberty National

Barty has reportedly lowered her handicap to four and is engaged to Garry Kissick, a trainee golf professional.

She also recently won the ladies’ competition at her home club Brookwater, in Brisbane’s west.

Karrie Webb, who has 41 wins on the LPGA Tour, played a round with Barty in 2019 and had no doubt she had the talent to play at a high level.

‘I could tell if she puts some time into it, she will be a great player,’ Webb told AAP.

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