28th November 2017 at 4:33 pm #124428aceventurerModerator
My pick from last week Rafa Cabrera Bello came close but a bogey on the 72nd hole robbed him of the chance of a play-off against Australian Wade Ormsby. This is the second time in three or four weeks this has happened to my selections and hopefully this won’t happen this week at the Australian PGA Championship at RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast. However in the last six years there has been four play-offs so expect a tight finish.
The Championship course has fairways that can be quite tight with undulating greens. The course is made up of two sets of nine from the Green and Gold courses with water on quite a few holes and bunkers coming into play on a lot of them.
A lot of the field played in the Australian Open last week and also the Hong Kong Open winner, Wade Ormsby, Sergio Garcia, Jason Day and Adam Scott are all taking part.
My first thought for this week was world number 13 Mark Leishman but when I checked his price it just seemed too short for my liking. Infact with the top four all 10s or under I’ll be giving them all a miss.
Australian Matt Jones hasn’t had a great start to the 2018 PGATour season with two missed cuts and two top fifty finishes. He hasn’t played much in his native country since turning pro and joining the PGA Tour but he has won one of Australia’s three Majors. In 2015 he won the Emirates Australian Open, beating the likes of Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott. At the same event last week he finished one shot behind winner Cameron Davis and he looks like he has got his game back.
I’ve been impressed by New Zealander Ryan Fox the times I have seen him and he has had quite a good first season on the European Tour. He finished off the season in grand style at the Dubai World Tour Championship with a final round 69 and a 28th place. I first saw him in the 2015 Open Championship at St Andrews where a third round 76 was his only blemish. He is the longest hitter on the European Tour although not the most accurate but he is a good putter, which could be important. He finished ninth here last year and I fancy his chances.
1.50 ew Matt Jones (Betfred 22-1)
1.50 ew Ryan Fox (Bet365 28-1)
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