Min Woo Lee -20
Rikuya Hoshino -17
Marc Leishman -16
Curtis Luck -15
Joaquin Niemann -13
Adam Scott -12
Rafa Cabrera Bello -11
Cam Davis -11
Lucas Herbert -11
Frank Kennedy -11
Joel Moscatel -11
Todd Sinnott -11
Min Woo Lee 1/4
Rikuya Hoshino 11/2
Curtis Luck 12/1
Adam Scott 33/1
Lucas Herbert 100/1
Connor Syme 125/1
Cameron Davis 150/1
Joaquin Niemann 150/1
Marc Leishman 200/1
Joel Moscatel Nachsh 750/1
Ryo Hisatsune 750/1
While the PGA Tour takes its winter break, the European Tour splits in two with this tournament being a co-sanctioned event with the Australasia Tour that holds two of its biggest events over the next two weeks. First up is the Australian PGA Championship which is now in its 87th year.
Royal Queensland Golf Club will be hosting the event for the second year in succession. Formed by a group of Brisbane golfers in 1920 and designed by Carnegie Clark, three-time Australian Open champion, the holes were laid out on a mangrove swamp at Parker Island on the banks of the Brisbane River. The course was opened for play by the Governor-General Lord Forster in 1921 and King George V gave the club its Royal Charter in 1921.
Dr Alister MacKenzie of Augusta national fame is said to have advised on green and bunker modifications during his visit to the country in 1926, commenting that the course “might even compare favourably with some of the British championship courses… full of very fine golfing features,”
In 2005, the Queensland Government decided to build a second Gateway Bridge over the Brisbane River, which impacted on the original course. The new Royal Queensland layout was designed by Mike Clayton and construction of the new Championship course was completed in December 2007.
Clayton extensively reconfigured the layout losing some of the original holes, but it gave the club the opportunity to completely redesign the entire course, effectively creating a brand new course. Transforming the layout into a strategic test of golf that holds the players attention from first tee until the final green. Clayton removed trees and designed distinctive bunkering and the rerouting of holes has helped breath new life into the course.
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My tips to Win:
This weeks defending champion is Cameron Smith 5/1 with PaddyPower who comes into this event on the back of two wins and a runner-up on the Liv Tour and runner-up in their order of merit. But when it come to this years major championships over four rounds he only really competed at the PGA Championship and the US Open where had a Top 10 and Top 5 respectively. Having said that this isnt the strongest field, so he should be the man to beat this week
Pushing Smith hard should be Min Woo Lee 8/1 with PaddyPower who has two fourth-place finishes in this event at Royal Queensland GC. Min Woo had a Top 5 finish at the US Open and followed that up with two Top 10 finishes from his next four starts on the PGA Tour and finished in the Top 10 on the European Tour order of merit
Runner-up here last year, I am sure Ryo Hisatsune 25/1 with PaddyPower will be looking forward to teeing it back up at Royal Queensland this week. Ryo has finished the European Tour season strongly with a win and three other Top 25 finishes from his last four starts and will come into this event in buoyant mood.
Currently in third-place on the Australian PGA Order of Merit is David Micheluzzi 40/1 with UniBet has a runner-up and comes into this week on the back of a win at the Vic PGA Championship. David has two Top 10 finishes in this event over the last two years at Royal Queensland GC and will fancy his chances this week
It has been a bit of an rollercoaster season for Richard Mansell 55/1 with UniBet but he does have two Top 6 finishes from his last four starts and was in the tough part of the draw at both the Qatar Masters and Nedbank golf Challenge. I think the golf he played in Spain is more of a reflection of where his golf game is at the moment and I feel he will be back challenging again this week
Jake McLeod 350/1 with Bet365 comes into this week on the back of 3 Top 15 finishes from his last 3 starts including his runner-up finish at the Gippsland Super 6 Match-play a week ago
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