This weekend’s golf tournament from the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia marks the final tournament not only of the year but of the decade. It really hasn’t sunk in yet, for me at least. “The Teens” are almost over.
We have witnessed the older generation of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson continue to get wins but slow down dramatically from what they were able to accomplish in the previous decade.
These guys passed the proverbial driver to the likes of Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, and Rory McIlroy.
There are a couple of young men who have recently won the PGA Tour’s Rookie of the Year award, Xander Schauffele, and Sungjae Im, who I expect to be challenging the aforementioned three around every dogleg in the ’20s.
We will see how it plays out but I have been covering the PGA Tour and at times, the European Tour as well and the ceiling is for these two is about as high as Snoop Dog concert in Nepal.
Last week in ‘Straya, we had the Presidents Cup where the heavily favored American team forged the most unlikely of comebacks over the weekend and were aided on Sunday by a historic collapse by the Internationals.
That was only good enough for (-270). We hit Tiger Woods as the top performer from the US team as he went 3-0 for a (+1400) payout.
Also, we picked Sungjae Im and Xander Schauffele to be the top-performing debutants. X-Man played exceptionally but the 21-year-old South Korean Sungjae Im’s 3-1-1 was even better.
It’s too bad Abraham Ancer had the same score. I hope you guys were able to cash your bet due to the tie at the top.
Just two of the participants from the Presidents Cup will be in action at this week’s Australian PGA Championship.
Cameron Smith and Adam Scott will each be in attendance in Queensland for this one.
- Smith, the two-time defending Australian PGA Championship winner should be extremely confident considering this stellar course history coupled with his outstanding showing and defeat of Justin Thomas in singles play at the Presidents Cup.
- Adam Scott, though, had a rough weekend. The near 40-year-old Australian superstar could have done much more to help his team but left Melbourne assuredly disappointed.
This is one reason I’m favoring Cameron Smith over Scott this weekend. Maybe more on that in a minute.
Those two are at the top of the leaderboard with heavy hitters Cameron Champ and Ryan Fox not far behind.
This week’s betting odds are provided by BetOnline.AG.
There is quite the variety of betting odds available for us but I’m going to give you guys the best value and if you want to wager further, then have at it.
Let’s make some predictions and don’t forget to check our Australian PGA Championship picks.
Andrew Dodt to Finish Inside the Top 20
Come on, guys! You know my boy Drew, right? Andrew Dodt from Brisbane? The D-O-D-to the T and I go back like babies and pacifiers.
He plays on the European Tour, the Asian Tour, and the PGA Tour of Australasia. Andy is no stranger to the RACV Royal Pines Resort and the Gold Coast, though.
He has a 15th place finish here in 2017 and the year prior, he nearly won it!
This was the year of the only win by a non-Australian in the past two decades.
Harold Varner III shot a 7 under on Sunday to finish at 19 under par. Dodt only managed 3 under for the final round and if it weren’t for Harry, he would have a victory here.
He missed the cut in his last event but that just gave him a couple of extra days to prepare for one of his best performances of the year… we hope.
Min Woo Lee to Finish Inside the Top 20
Okay, maybe you haven’t heard of Andrew Dodt but please tell me you’ve seen Min Woo Lee tee it up before!
This guy is a future legend! Okay, maybe we are getting carried away here but the ceiling is high for this young man.
He is the brother of #6 ranked women’s golfer in the world, Minjee Lee. Now does he ring a bell? I thought so.
This kid can play and he spent 2019 playing on a few different tours with some of the world’s best.
He paired up with Jordan Spieth at the Australian Masters and Lee mentioned afterward that it gave him confidence and he felt like he can surely compete with anyone.
Lee is of Korean descent but was born and grew up down unda’. He is very raw still and will have to be calculated on his approach shots as there’s been a drought in Northern Australia so the greens will be extra firm.
The water, sand, and rough are said to be less of note. It’s the greens that look like this week’s devil.
I like the more than 1.5 to 1 odds for just a top twenty in this weak field for the rookie.
Brad Kennedy to Finish Inside the Top 20
Even money for Brad, here.
The 45-year-old from Sydney has had some nice finishes recently on the Japanese Tour as well as the PGA Tour of Australasian in the past.
The man has 5 top tens in his previous 7 starts touring The Land of the Rising Sun.
As far as course history goes, five top 15s including a top 5.
I’ll take it.
This isn’t the strongest field so when you get a guy with current form as well as course history, you almost have to take him.
Yea, yea, I know. This is not a huge tourney with megastars and the hangover is strong from last week’s Presidents Cup.
We will certainly see how strong it is for Australian stars Cameron Smith and Adam Scott. I’m thinking the elder statesman Scott takes it the worst of the two men.
I’m 37 and in my experience, those morning afters just keep getting more difficult.
You should have a little extra cash to spare on these picks this week, though, as we hit two big ones this past Sunday.
Tiger Woods and Sungjae Im. Two golfers at opposite ends of their respective careers but managed to play better than nearly everyone on their teams at the Presidents Cup.
This week’s picks are a ragtag bunch. There’s a 45-year-old, a 21-year-old Korean kid from Australia, and a guy named Andrew Dodt.
I’m confident, though. I did my best to give you guys the most value with your bets this week.
Let’s bet hard… just not too hard that you’re taking money out of Santa’s pocket, mmkay?