Here is out quick preview of the favourites, and sneaky bets for the Emirates Australian Open tees off at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney this week.
The world number two arrived in Australia on Tuesday morning and was straight out on to The Australian golf course to reaquaint himself with the scene of his 2014 victory where he blitzed the field with an incredible final round to win by six-strokes from Rod Pampling.
Add another Australian Open victory at Royal Sydney last year, a 2017 Open Championship and four top-10 finishes in his last four starts and you have our clear favourite for this week.
Jason Day has had a rough year despite doing everything he possibly can to regain the form that saw him win the 2015 US PGA Championship. Back in Australia for the first time in a while, Day looks and sounds as relaxed as he has for some time and is desperate to get his name on the Australian Open trophy.
Day’s recent form is pretty good; he has racked up eight top-25 finishes in his last eight starts including three top-10s. Wouldn’t it be awesome to see Spieth and Day battling it out on Sunday? Don’t bet against it.
Cameron Smith has been taking a break and refining his game since his superb third place finish at the CJ Cup in South Korea last month. After two missed cuts, 24-year-old Smith found his groove and finished the season with a tie for 12th, a tie for 5th to go with that that third place finish. Smith tied for second at the Australian Open in 2016 and placed top-15 at The Australian in 2015. Big chance to win this week.
Little known American Kramer Hickok is here in Australia because his room mate Jordan Spieth told him it’s worth a visit. Despite not playing much outside of the US, the world number 308 is a good sneaky bet to win this week based purely on some great recent form.
Hickok has racked up four top-10s in his last four starts – three on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada including a victory in September. But it was his solid 6th place at last week’s NSW Open at Twin Creeks that shows ominous signs ahead of the Australian Open.
Western Australian based Scrivener always seems to play well during the Australian summer of golf. He finished in a tie for fourth at last year’s Australian Open and it was a huge confidence boost to win last week’s NSW Open. Scrivener didn’t just win either, he blitzed the field in the final round to win by six-strokes.
On top of a good season on the European Tour including a top-5 finish at the Czech Masters, 28-year-old Scrivener has plenty of runs under his belt playing in the big tournaments and could surprise this week at The Australian.
Don’t discount former PGA Tour player Rhein Gibson. Some good recent form, an ability to shoot low, and a tie for 8th place at this same event and location in 2015 could see Gibson finish well again this week.
Adam Bland is another who always seems to fire at this time of year in Australia. Some decent results in Japan have set him up for a good result back in familiar territory.
06:50 Nathan Green,Stephen Leaney, Daniel Fox
07:00 Adam Bland, Cameron John (AM), Jamie Arnold
07:10 Cameron Davis, Kramer Hickok, Matthew Millar
07:20 Shae Wools-Cobb (AM), Ashley Hall, Sepp Straka
07:30 Adam Blyth, Takumi Kanaya (AM), Matthew Giles
07:40 Deyen Lawson, Karl Vilips (AM), Cory Crawford
07:50 Daniel Pearce, Tim Hart, Taylor Macdonald
08:00 Ruben Sondjaja, Brett Rankin, Ben Campbell
08:10 Damien Jordan, Peter Wilson, Andrew Martin
08:20 Chris Gaunt, Troy Moses, Tom Power Horan
08:30 Daniel Valente, Matthew Guyatt, Zach Murray (AM)
08:40 Luke Toomey, Kiran Day (AM), Andrew Schonewille
08:50 Scott Arnold, Leigh McKechnie, Haydn Barron (AM)
11:50 Kyong-Jun Moon, Craig Parry, Stephen Allan
12:00 Peter O’Malley, Mathew Goggin, Min Woo Lee (AM)
12:10 Jordan Spieth, Cameron Smith, Matt Jones
12:20 Nick O’Hern, Michael Hendry, Brett Rumford
12:30 Peter Lonard, Zac Blair, Mike Weir
12:40 Michael Long, Charles Reiter (AM), David Smail
12:50 Rory Bourke, Aaron Townsend, Brad Moules
13:00 Aaron Wilkin, Frazer Droop, Christopher Wood
13:10 Josh Younger, Adam Burdett, Kristopher Mueck
13:20 Dale Brandt-Richards, Michael Choi, Paul Spargo
13:30 Lindsay Wilson, Rohan Blizard, Patrick Joseph
13:40 Brody Martin, Dale Williamson, Sean Einhaus
13:50 Edward Stedman, Matt Jager, John Lyras (AM)
06:45 Steven Jeffress Ryan Lynch Jason Norris
06:55 Jason Scrivener Jonas Blixt Matthew Griffin
07:05 Jason Day Geoff Ogilvy Rod Pampling
07:15 Curtis Luck Greg Chalmers Robert Allenby
07:25 Nick Cullen Richard Green Lin Yuxin (AM)
07:35 Ben Eccles Matias Sanchez (AM) Brett Coletta
07:45 Travis Smyth Max McCardle James Nitties
07:55 Michael Wright Stephen Dartnall Dylan Perry (AM)
08:05 Anthony Quayle Callan O’Reilly James Marchesani
08:15 Blake Proverbs Ryan Haller Mitchell A. Brown
08:25 Peter Cooke Konrad Ciupek (AM) Rick Kulacz
08:35 Michael Lambert (AM) Benjamin Stowe Peter Martin
08:45 Nathan Barbieri (AM) Austin Bautista Fraser Wilkin
11:45 Mark Brown Jack Wilson Neven Basic
11:55 Jordan Zunic Brett JonesDimitrios Papadatos
12:05 Yeh Yu Chen Jake Higginbottom Brad Shilton
12:15 Mikko Ilonen Oliver Goss Mike Miller
12:25 Andrew Evans Daniel Nisbet Daniel Popovic
12:35 Aron Price Josh Geary Rhein Gibson
12:45 Jake McLeod Jarryd Felton Lucas Herbert
12:55 David McKenzie Darren Beck Jack Munro
13:05 Josh Cabban Gareth Paddison Harry Bateman
13:15 Antonio Murdaca Lincoln Tighe Matthew Stieger
13:25 Alex Edge Jay Mackenzie (AM) Jordan Mullaney
13:35 Benjamin Clementson Geoff Drakeford Michael Pearce
13:45 Kieran Muir Luke Park (AM) Young Hyun Kim