Your guide to the 2016 Australian Golf Open

November 20, 2016 by

the-australian-golf-openAll The 2016 Australian Golf Open Guidelines

The Australian Golf Open is a one of the most prestigious golf tournaments on the PGA tour of Australasia. The first Australian Open tournament took place in 1904 with the winner receiving the Stonehaven Cup. While the prize money is fairly modest compared to other tournaments on the PGA tour, it still attracts some of the best golfers from around the world. After a two-year break, the tournament returns to the Royal Sydney. Here’s what you should know for this year’s tournaments.

The 2016 Australian Open Golf tournament is being held at the Royal Sydney Golf Club in NSW Australia. The Course itself is 6,343 metres long with a total par of 72. The tournament will run from the 17th to the 20th of November 2016 with a total prize money of $1,250,000. The tournament record was set by Gary Player in 1965 when he shot a 28-under, 264. Previous winners include Matt Jones in 2015, Jordan Spieth in 2014, Rory McIlroy in 2013, Peter Senior in 2012 and Greg Chalmers in 2011.

This Year’s Contenders

This year the tournament will plays host to a very strong selection of contenders. The players to look out for include:

  • Jordan Spieth – Having already won the tournament in 2014, Spieth is a favourite coming in. The former world number 1 will be refreshed after taking a seven week break since the Rider Cup.
  • Adam Scott – Since winning back to back tournaments in the US PGA Tour, Scott is poised for victory having won the Australian open back in 2009. He was joint runner up in 2015 alongside Spieth.
  • Geoff Ogilvy – Brimming with confidence after a tie fourth place two weeks ago in the US PGA Tour Open in Las Vegas, Ogilvy will rate his chances going into this year’s Australian Open. He has said that the course suits his game and he has high hopes of raising the cup.
  • Rod Pampling – As a seasoned veteran, Pampling comes into the tournament as a firm favourite. He comes in having claimed his first US PGA tour title at the Shriners Open.
  • John Senden – Having last won the Australian Open in 2006, the former US Open champion is still regarded as one of the best ball strikers in the world. With a good deal of experience on the course, his chances of taking the cup are as good as any.

The Australian Golf Open looks set to offer plenty of action and entertainment, and for punters there are loads of opportunities to wager and win.

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