Course: Lake Karrinyup CC (7,142 yards par 72)
It’s only fitting that we end the European Tour’s regular season in Australia. Actually, no it’s not. Anyway, the big-hitting Aussie Scott Hend won over in Hong Kong in a tournament that saw plenty of outsiders grab a large chunk of the prize fund. Meanwhile on British soil, Mikko Ilonen won the World Match Play Championship – a victory not many could have predicted with the likes of Dubuisson, McDowell and Stenson in the field. So for us and many punters alike, it was rather fruitless few days.
This week signals the very last chance for players to either force their way into the Final Series or retain their playing rights for next year. It certainly is ‘squeeky bum’ time for anyone outside the top 110 in the R2D standings. That should have a huge bearing on where your hard earned cash is going this week.
The Lake Karrinyup course in Perth has been played on for the past couple of years and is widely regarded as an all-round test of a golfer’s ability. When analysing deeper, there is a rather obvious trend of players who excel with their irons doing well. Canizares, Fisher, Dufner, Van Pelt, Jamieson, Rumford to name a few. We have to mention how good Jin Jeong looked here last year – iron play from the very top drawer. Most, on their day, also have a box of tricks around the greens. And with the course playing just over 7,100 yards, distance off the tee isn’t really imperative.
In 2013, only 1 person in the top 10 ranked outside the top 17 for GIR and although less apparent, the GIR trend was also visible in 2012. SO – GIR, solid iron play and a Mickelson-esque short game are the criteria we should all be looking at this week.
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Steven Bowditch (was at 66/1 when we originally laid and wrote this! Now at 33/1)
Thorbjørn Olesen (45/1 888sport)
Eduardo De La Riva (100/1 various)
Scott Jamieson (70/1 Bet365)
Chris Doak (90/1 888sport)
Richard Green (66/1 various)
Andreas Hartø (200/1 various)