Yet again, we have two co-sanctioned events on the DP World Tour. On the PGA Tour of Australasia, Cameron Smith won the Australian PGA Championship last week. Can he now follow it up by winning the Australian Open? Let’s dig in and find out…

Australian Open 2022 Betting Tips

History

The tournament originally dates back to 1904 and is the oldest and most prestigious tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia. The players compete for the Stonehaven Cup, named after Lord Stonehaven, which was first presented in 1930.

The event had previously been co-sanctioned with the OneAsia Tour but this year is the first year it has partnered up with the DP World Tour.

Just like our home Open Championship, the tournament is played at different courses every year, with some famous multiple venues including The Australian (21 times), Royal Melbourne (16), Royal Sydney (15) and Royal Adelaide (9).

Previous multiple winners at this event over the years have included Gary Player (7 times), Jack Nicklaus (6), Greg Norman and Ivo Witten (5 times each).

This is the first running of this event for three years, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning 2015 and 2019 winner, Matt Jones, is the defending champion.

There is a 1.7m $Aus prize fund this week, with 2000 DPWT points up for grabs. In a first for this tournament, Men, Women and All Abilities players will tee it up on the same course, with the ladies playing for the same prize fund amount as the men.

The Course

There are two courses for this week, with Thursday and Friday’s play split between Victoria and Kingston Heath Golf Clubs. Then over the weekend the remaining players will play the final two rounds at Victoria.

Victoria has hosted three Australian Opens in 1961, 1981 and 2002 and is a relatively short par 70, 6811 yard track.

Kingston Heath has held seven Australian Opens and plays slightly longer at a par 72, 7,269.

Both courses are a mix between links style courses and tournament favourite Cam Smith described it as similar to Augusta this week. Both courses have had major renovations with Victoria having new bent grass greens installed in 2018.

The Field

LIV Golf rebel and Open champion, Cameron Smith, is looking to become the first man to hold both Australian marquee events since Greg Chalmers in 2011. The 29-year-old is as short as 13/5 to pull off back-to-back wins for his 5th tournament win of 2022.

We also, of course, have another raft of Australians featuring in the betting including Min Woo Lee (9/1), Adam Scott (10/1), Cameron Davis (10/1), Mark Leishman (14/1) and Lucas Herbert (16/1).

We also have some top international talent in Adrian Meronk (20/1), Ryan Fox (16/1) and Rasmus (16/1) and Nicolai Hojgaard (50/1).

The defending champion Matt Jones is available at 22/1 to retain the Stonehaven Cup.

Bet on the Australian Open with Betfred here

3u Min Woo Lee win only – 10/1

Two time DP World Tour titlist Lee is looking for his first win since July 2021. The 24-year-old picked up his first trophy in Victoria and will be looking forward to a return this week.

Lee tied 4th last week at the Aus PGA and a sloppy 2nd round 73 cost him in the final analysis.

That continued a great run of form, where Lee finished T12th in the DPWTC, T8th at the Nedbank, 3rd at the Andalucia Masters and 3rds in the Open de Espana. Surely that 3rd win is only round the corner?

1u David Micheluzzi each-way (1/4 5 places) – 55/1

I tipped up David Micheluzzi for the PGA last week and he went very close to securing a place in 6th. At the same price again last week, it would be rude not to hop back on board.

The 26-year-old played just once on the DP World Tour last year, finishing T36th at the Alfred Dunhill Links.

He has been excellent on the PGA Tour of Australia in 2022 though, with 14 Top 25’s , 9 Top 10’s and a win.

1u Alejandro Canizares each-way (1/4 5 places) – 100/1

Canizares finished T12th last week, which would have been much better but for a disastrous third round 75.

The Spaniard has two DP World Tour wins, with the last one coming in 2014, but looked right back to his best in Queensland.

The 39-year-old had a good end to the 2022 season and looks to be starting 2023 in the same vein.

0.5u Greg Chalmers each-way (1/4 5 places) – 200/1

My third Australian selection is two-time Australian open Champion Greg Chalmers. The 49-year-old last won in 2016 at the Barracuda Championship on the PGA Tour but looked in good nick last week.

Chalmers finished 7th last week and clearly loves playing on home soil.

Golf Odds