John Daly on the 5th yesterday. He went on to make birdie. Photo courtesy of his Twitter feed.
The huge excitement surrounding the Masters in Melbourne was amazing and it feels like this Australian Open has slipped under the radar a little. I can’t help but feel we may be in for something special, if this wind ever stops blowing.
The event does not bring with it the sort of prize money some of these guys are used to on the PGA and Euro Tours but there are a few golfers who desperately need a win. We saw with Geoff Ogilvy last year, a win or two at this time of year can see a flying start to next years early tournaments.
James Nitties and Mathew Goggin are two of the most exciting golfers from our shores right now. Both had good first rounds and garner greater respect each time they return home.
Adam Scott has suddenly found form, Stuart Appleby leads after a stunning first round and even John Daly showed glimpses even though he himself described his form as a “rusty nail”. Any of these guys winning would be a big story and perhaps the kick along they need. After the year these guys have had, a victory would be a form of a Cinderella story.
I’ve said often enough you should not make predictions about golf but once again I have been silly enough to suggest that it will come down to a playoff on Sunday afternoon.