Predictions for Australian golf in 2011

Australian golf is in for a big 2011. The Presidents Cup bound for Melbourne in November has already created stir and the event will be the biggest golf tournament in Australia for a very long time. A few professionals on tour who are due for some big victories and of there is more news on its way concerning the new handicapping system that affects the rest of us!
Let’s take a look at what is in store and make a few predictions for Australian golf in 2011.
Jason Day
Jason Day
Jason Day will finish 2011 in the world’s top 20 golfers
Only a year older than Rickie Fowler (every Americans pick for ‘next big thing’) Jason Day won, finished 8th in the FedEx Cup and earned nearly US$3million in 2010. All with troubling sinus issues. Surgery in the post-season saw him miss the Australian swing. He’ll be rested and ready to go. Who wants a bet he’ll be better than Rickie this year?
Greg Norman will announce he is in the happiest place he has ever been thanks to his third wife.
Geoff Ogilvy is back and will win a major
I was starting to worry about Geoff midway through 2010. But he’s just fine. His form late in the year was excellent and his Australian Open win has lit the fire once more. Look for him to win in Hawaii once more and  I feel another major coming on. Perhaps the US Open as Tiger will win the US Masters.
Presidents Cup Internationals
The Internationals will win the Presidents Cup
This will be the biggest most-hyped Presidents Cup yet and it’ll be an International victory. The US team won’t cope well on the extremely foreign Royal Melbourne with only limited practice on course.  
The Australian Open in Sydney will not feature as many international stars as expected
The clash with the lucrative Singapore Open and a small winner’s cheque may see golfers heading to the Presidents Cup skip our national tournament.
The Australian Masters has been relegated to the first weekend in December which will be difficult to bring in stars. Owners IMG aren’t happy and they may not take this on the chin. Stay tuned.
Social rounds to be re-implemented for handicapping
The USGA who license the new handicapping system being introduced across Australia have been in the country after the negative feedback to the most recent changes. It is a different golf culture in Australia compared to the rest of the world but listen out for an announcement from golf Australia within the first few months of 2011.
Michael Jordan will arrive at The Presidents Cup and profess his love for Australia. He will then spend every evening dropping millions at the Crown Casino.
Royal Melbourne (West) will be rated Australia’s best golf course
After losing the top spot to Kingston Heath recently it will rise once again to our top golf course. Lost Farm will appear extremely high on the list and may also appear in the world’s Top 100.
Royal Melbourne
Royal Melbourne

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