Australians on the PGA Tour

Tuesday we had a look at the prospects for the Australian golfers on this year’s European Tour. Let’s now take a look at the PGA Tour.
Once again, green means they will win and make a big impact. Amber means it’s possible with some reservations and red….no chance.

Michael Sim, Robert Allenby, Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, John Senden, Geoff Ogilvy

Geoff Ogilvy is already off to a magic start. I can’t wait to see how Michael Sim goes on tour this year. Only he and Tiger averaged under 70 on tour last year and only Sim is still playing golf. Adam Scott is going to be exciting to see. His genuine hard work and want for success was compelling at the Australian Open. Robert Allenby has been winning everywhere but on the home of target golf. He almost pulled off his first win since 2001 on the PGA Tour last week. He will get that elusive win this year.

Mat Goggin, Nathan Green, Nick O’Hern, Jason Day, James Nitties, Aaron Baddeley, David Lutterus

All these guys have the game to win but question marks remain. James Nitties and Jason Day have the game to win but question marks hang over their consistency and someone recently mentioned that perhaps Goggin doesn’t have the mental strength. Say it ain’t so Mat!? Show it ain’t so!

Stuart Appleby, Cameron Percy, Greg Chalmers, Rod Pampling, Matt Jones, Jarrod Lyle, Aron Price, Greg Norman

I would love every guy on this list to win this year including these guys but they’ll struggle. Cameron Percy had a great Nationwide Tour 2009 but may find the going tough and I fear Apples, despite some good form in Australia, may have done his dash. I hope I’m wrong – and will proudly admit to it if it happens.

2 thoughts on “Australians on the PGA Tour

  • January 21, 2010 at 02:28
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    Just a few observations:

    Several of these guys are just putting too much pressure on themselves; I definitely think Goggin and Day are in this group. Both have come so close to winning, I think they’re just trying too hard.

    Nitties WILL win; I’ll gladly go on record with that prediction. Most guys don’t do great in their first year, even with Nationwide experience. There’s too much to get used to. Give him a year or two, and let him get that GIR up a little. He’ll be fine.

    As for Appleby… I think he’s become too caught up in mechanics. He actually helped design a training aid, you know, and I think he’s just gotten too technical. He’s too good to stay stuck there forever, though. I just hope he gets back sooner than later.

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  • January 21, 2010 at 03:03
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    My 2 cents…

    Jason Day is a talented golfer but i think needs a bit more time to settle and lose the pressure that he seems to put on himself.
    Michael Sim will make a mark on the tour this year. No doubt about it. Top 10’s, maybe even a win.
    I would love to see Adam Scott on the leaderboards but again I hope he doesn’t put too much pressure on himself and try to force things to happen.
    Oh, and one other thing. You guys have heaps of Aussies on the PGA tour. Im jealous. All we kiwis have is Tim Wilkinson, and sometimes Cambo. Although we all know he doesn’t really count.

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