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Australian Open - Tournament Preview

Australian Open - Tournament Preview

The Australian golfing summer moves to Melbourne’s famous Sandbelt. As with all tracks on the sandbelt, the courses are like a hybrid between parkland and links golf, with fast-running turf, tight-cut greenside bunkering, and undulating, firm greens. Touch and putting are the keys to success. A warm weekend might firm up the fairways and greens to add a little bit more spice to the mix. In a slight change to the usual Australian Open format, both courses will be used over the first two rounds, with the final two rounds played exclusively at Victoria

Date: 1-4 December, 2022
Course: Victoria Golf Club and Kingston Heath Golf Club, Melbourne, Australia
Length: Kingston Heath: 6,646 meters, Victoria: 6,227 meters
Par: Kingston Heath 72, Victoria 70
Greens: Bent
Defending Champion: Matt Jones 

Key Course Stats

  • Scrambling
  • Strokes Gained: Around The Green
  • Sand Saves
  • GIR
  • Strokes Gained: Approach
  • Putting Average
  • Bogey Avoidance

Key Correlation Tournaments

  • Open Championship
  • Alfred Dunhill Links
  • Scottish Open

Our Thoughts

Min Woo Lee: His wins have been in the Victorian PGA and the Scottish Open and you won’t find a better guide than those two wins. He is a bomber but also leads the DP World Tour in Strokes Gained: Around The Green and Putting Average. 

Ryan Fox: Forget the missed cut last week - he was killed by jetlag. He ranks 2nd in Putting Average, 4th in Strokes Gained: Approach and 17th in Strokes Gained: Around The Green. Won the Alfred Dunhill Links. 

Lucas Herbert: Australian with three quality wins the last three years. Ranks 7th in Sand saves and 16th in Putting Average. Finished T-15 in the Open Championship this year. 

Todd Sinnott: Underrated Aussie who plies his trade on the Asian Tour. Ranks 3rd in Putting Average, 3rd in Sand Saves and 5th in Scrambling on that Tour. Chance at a big price. 

Greg Chalmers: Two-time winner of the Australian Open who was absolutely outstanding finishing T-7 at the Australian PGA last week. Has a great record on the Melbourne sandbelt. 

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