The European Tour takes its first tentative steps into the future, or disgracefully messes up a tried and tested traditional format, depending on which side of the fence you’re peering over in Perth this week.
When it was announced I was a bit sceptical but now i’ve come around to the idea and am excited to see how it works out. If you don’t try new things you’ll never know if they work or not after all so bring on the future!
So, heres how it works: the first 36 holes are played out as per normal and there is a cut at halfway for the top 65 players and ties. There is a further cut at the 54 hole stage, down to 24 players. The top 8 on the leaderboard then get seeded and get a bye through to the second round of the 6 hole matchplay format. Any tied match gets decided over a 100 yard playoff hole and there are bound to be matches decided this way.
From a betting perspective I think it’s best to look for players to get into the top 24 as over 6 holes in the matchplay anyone can win.
We’re going with the Aussies…loads of them!
We’re going to use Betfair for all of these bets and maybe trade a few of them in-play should they perform well.
First up we have Marcus Fraser who disappointed as defending champion last week in Malaysia but that’s always a tough task, even for the very top players. I like the look of Fraser’s 15, 15, 18 finishes at this track and a repeat of any of those sees him into the lottery of the 6 hole matchplay.
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Fellow Aussie veteran Brett Rumford has similar recent form figures at one of his local tracks of 7, 19, 6 and 36. I’m a fan of Rummy’s game and he had a tune up in the Vic Open last week after a very light schedule so far this year.
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Todd Sinnott is a player I’ve been following for a few years now and he’s progressing nicely. He won his maiden tournament just a few weeks ago at the Myanmar Open on the Asian Tour and his final round of 65 to back up a 3rd round 64 is very impressive.
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Jason Scrivener loves this track. He finished 3rd here last year following 15th, 28th and 19th placed finishes. He impressed at the end of lat year with a 4th placed finish behind Jordan Spieth in the Aussie Open.
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Sam Brazel is an Aussie who has snuck under the radar to get to his best ever world ranking in recent months. He won the Hong Kong Open in December and impressed again last week when 12th in Malaysia.
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Current US Amateur Champion, Curtis Luck, looks to be on his way to very top echelons of the sport and as a Perth native he is fancied to give everyone a shake this week on a track he’ll be very familiar with.
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Last and most likely least is Ashley Hall who has missed his last three cuts but only lost to Jordan Spieth in a playoff in the Aussie Open in November before backing it up with a 4th place in the Aussie PGA. He’s a huge price.