Author: Darren Moore
Published: 13:27 25/11/2015
The second part of Australian golf’s Triple Crown, the Emirates Australian Open, takes place in the early hours of Thursday morning.
The Australian Golf Club in Sydney once again hosts the event, with the course playing at a par 72 over an excess of 7,200 yards. Tight fairways and some punishing run offs await the players, with an ability to shotshape, a major plus.
Jordan Spieth will be looking to retain the title he won in 2014 by some six shots and is the unsurprising favourite at 15/8 in a field of limited quality.
The main alternative and pick for the win is Adam Scott. The Australian has finished in the top five in his last two starts and has an enviable record in the “Triple Crown”, finishing in the top five on ten of the last eleven events played in.
He held the lead in last week’s Uniqlo Masters, but poor driving and putting let him down midway through the event. At 13/2, he offers a great alternative to Jordan Spieth.
Outside the two favourites, there are some very capable golfers who could impress, if they can rediscover their form.
Marc Leishman at 20/1 and John Senden at 22/1 are both great players, who are a little off the boil at the moment. However these two are expected to raise their game for the Australian Open. Leishman looks more likely having returned an eleventh at his last event.
England’s Lee Westwood is another big draw for the galleries, as he looks to improve on his two top fifteen’s over the last three events played. At 35/1 with Skybet, he offers great each way value in a less than competitive field.
And lastly, we come to last week’s victor at the Uniqlo Masters, 56 year old Peter Senior rolled back the years to take the win and although lightning may not strike twice for the veteran player, 5/2 to finish in the top twenty looks worthy of a small punt.
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