Australian Open golf
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Top level golf comes down under as the Australian Open kicks off this week at the Australian Golf Club.

With the Presidents Cup soon to take place (the team event is being played in Melbourne next week) the Australian Open gains the benefit of having a few extra foreign, and homegrown, players in the line-up.

Please note the early start… action starts at 6:45am Thursday morning.

Australian Open: The Tournament

Played since 1904, this is a long-standing tournament. Over the years, as travel has become easier, the line-up of the field has become more cosmopolitan with, notably, a number of South African and American winners appearing on the roll of honour. But in truth, despite being a national championship of a country which has a fine golfing tradition, the tournament has never consistently attracted a stellar field (location and time of the year being the main drawbacks). This year a fair few familiar names are in the field, as the upcoming Presidents Cup has seen several players land in Australia early.

Australian Open: The Course

We’re at the Australian Golf Club in Rosebery, Sydney. This will be the 20th time the course has hosted the tournament (the last time was 2017). The club itself was founded in the 1880s, the course was designed in 1903, and it has subsequently undergone improvements under the expert eye of Jack Nicklaus in 1976, and again in 2013.

The layout is a par 72 over 7,207 yards. Scoring isn’t expected to be low, with average winning totals being around 10-under-par.

72-Hole Record

269: Geoff Ogilvy (2010)

Australian Open: Past Winners

2018: Abraham Ancer

2017: Cameron Smith

2016: Jordan Spieth

2015: Matt Jones

2014: Jordan Spieth

Australian Open: The Field

There’s a varied line-up of 144 players assembled in Sydney. Adam Scott the $7 favourite with Ladbrokes.

Australian Open: The Weather

Conditions look good this week, with almost zero chance of any rainfall. Temperatures will be in the mid-20s but the breeze, which will be pretty benign for the first couple of days, will stiffen over the weekend to hit 20 – 25 kph.

Australian Open: Value Outright Bets

Ryan Fox – currently $41 with Ladbrokes

CT (Cheng-Tsung) Pan – currently $51 with Ladbrokes

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