There is no Jordan Spieth to contend with for Adam Scott in this week’s Australian PGA Championship and that very fact makes him a short priced favourite to take the title. The thought of backing someone who has such palpable putting issues at sub 5/1 gives me the heebie jeebies however and we’ll be looking elsewhere for our bets.
First up is regular bet for us, Scott Hend. The Aussie has improved bundles in the last couple of years and he now rightly tees it up with some of the best in the world on a regular basis. If Hend was 23 rather than 43 he would be touted as the next big thing in Aussie golf but as a 14 time tournament winner he regularly gets overpriced, hence our regular bets on him.
Rod Pampling is another veteran Aussie who is in great form. He tied for 5th at the Aus Open and won on the PGA Tour just a couple of weeks prior to that. Im happy to back him for the win rather than each way and that way we can add another win bet to the squad.
1 unit win at $24 on
South African Jaco Van Zyl is a super talented golfer who when on song looks as good as most on the European Tour. It’s a bit of a stab in the dark picking him this week but I’m hoping his experience of courses in his homeland will help him here.
1 unit win at $46 on
We backed Todd Sinnott at triple figure odds in the Aussie Open two weeks ago and he flattered to deceive for a couple of rounds when he got within one of the lead before the cut. He appears to be a golfer who struggles to overcome a bad hole or two…or four. he bogeyed the first four holes on Saturday that week and while he didn’t fall in a heap, he did not get himself back in contention.
We’ll leave him out of our staking plan for the win but I still like his first round leader odds as he can definitely start fast, and go low.
0.5 units each way first round leader at $81+ (Aussie books are hopelessly slow getting these markets up but he’s $91 in the UK with Stan James and others).
0.25 units win on at $150+
Jason Scrivener impressed behind Louis Oosthuizen and alexander Levy in the Perth International last year and showed a similar level of form when tied 4th in the Australian Open two weeks ago. His form figures read a progressive looking T17, T14 and T4 with the T4 in the better quality event of the three.