Wed, Nov 6, 11:15pm by Daryl Curnow
Where: Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Australia
When: November 7-10
Wager with: Centrebet.com, which is offering great odds on the favourites
The RAVC Royal Pines Resort at the Gold Coast plays host to this year’s Australian PGA Championship, where 2013 US Masters winner Adam Scott headlines a talented field mostly full of players from Australasia with the odd exception including Rickie Fowler from the U.S and numerous players from Asia.
The Royal Pines course is framed by the Nerang River, which includes both fresh and salt-water lakes. With the Brisbane skyline in the distance, the course has the perfect backdrop among the native vegetation and beautifully-manicured surrounds. The final nine holes is where players need to carefully maneuver around the course as deep bunkers, undulating greens and tight fairways all pose threats to the field of 231.
In recent years, the PGA Championship has been played at Coolum, where some of Australia’s best players have won. The stalwarts of Australian Golf all have their name etched on the winner’s trophy with the likes of Allenby, Lonard, Senior, O’Hern, Ogilvy and Chalmers. The missing name on that list is of course, Adam Scott, who will be looking to continue his already impressive major-winning year.
Adam Scott opened his 2013 season in February, which is a little late for most PGA Tour players, however he finished tie for 10th in that event. His next best performance came at the World Golf Championship where he fired the low round of the week to finish tie for third, finishing behind only Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods. Leading into the Masters, Scott finished tie for 30th in Tampa Bay but a few weeks later, his life changed for the better. With the memories of the Open Championship fresh in his mind, Scott was able to call on his champion qualities and defeated Argentina’s Angel Cabrera on the second playoff hole. Since that win, Scott had a disappointing U.S. Open, but played well for a tie for fifth at the PGA Championship. He is justifiably the favourite to win this week.
Rickie Fowler is hot property on the PGA Tour, but mostly for his fashion and youthful attributes. However, the 24-year-old Californian broke through for his first PGA Tour win in 2012 when defeating Rory McIlroy and D.A Points in a playoff to win the Wells Fargo Championship. He’s definitely a player to watch in this tournament and his odds suggest that.
The Victorian native has been successful on the PGA Tour with his lone win coming at the Travelers Championship in 2012. He impressively tied for fourth at the 2013 Masters in which Adam Scott won. He then finished tie for 12th at the PGA Championship later that year. Leishman is a 6’2 powerhouse who has all the necessary skills to win the Australian PGA Championship.
It could well be time Adam Scott put his name alongside the champion Australian golfers who have won this tournament. Scott has shown he can perform on the world stage year in, year out, and he’s the hot favourite this week. Marc Leishman also proved he can hang tough with the best in the world and he should be included on his major form alone.
Further down the list we find New Zealander Michael Hendry, who has a wealth of international wins to his name. He usually finds himself near the top of the leaderboard after round one and he makes steady progress throughout the rest of the tournament.
Nick Cullen is another play who can shoot low numbers and has been in consistent form of late. He’s at a nice $51 price which is massive overs for this talented golfer.
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