The second of two big golf tournaments in Australia takes place this week—it’s the ISPS Handa Australian Open, which followed the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship last week. Get here the 2023 ISPS Handa Australian Open Odds, Field & Betting Picks.
Last week’s event was won by countryman Min Woo Lee, and the 25-year-old will be looking to make it two first-time wins in a row this week. Another famous Australian golfer, Cameron Smith, is also looking for his first win in his country’s national open, and he’s coming off a missed cut in defending his Australian PGA title last week.
This event dates back to 1904 and only wasn’t played during World Wars I and II along with the 2020 and ’21 seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The list of top winners here is a who’s who of golf legends; Gary Player holds the record with seven wins while Jack Nicklaus has six. The winningest Australian in this event is Greg Norman, who has won five times. Other recent winners include Jordan Spieth (twice), Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy, and Cameron Davis.
For the second year in a row, the event is co-organized by the DP World Tour, joining forces with the PGA Tour of Australasia for this event and the one last week. Adrian Meronk won the event last year by five strokes over Scott. This tournament is also part of The Open Qualifying Series, so the top-three finishers who are not already exempt will earn a berth into the 152nd Open Championship at Royal Troon next July.
For the second year in a row, the men’s and women’s Australian Opens are taking place at the same time. This year, the two courses being used are in the capital city of Sydney. Players will take on The Australian Golf Club and The Lakes Golf Club once each, and after the field is cut from 156 down to the top 60 and ties, the final two rounds will be contested at The Australian. The Lakes is more of a links-style course, whereas The Australian features water on seven holes.
The Australian has hosted the tournament a record 22 times, with the most recent coming in 2019. The Lakes will be hosting tournament action for the eighth time and the first since 2018.
Two top Australian golfers looking for their first win in this event are the co-favorites. Min Woo Lee (+500) is not only looking to win here, but he’s one half of a sibling duo that could also capture the women’s half of this event. His sister, Minjee Lee, is a +225 favorite to win the women’s edition. Lee took control of the Australian PGA Championship last week with a chip-in for eagle on the ninth hole of Sunday’s final round and had a relatively easy time after that. He finished third in this event a year ago, but it was held on a different course. Lee is also in good form, as he won an Asian Tour event in Macau last month.
Cameron Smith (+550) is in the midst of a slump, but his pedigree makes him a strong contender regardless. Smith missed the cut in Brisbane last week and also poor showings in the final two LIV Golf events this year, which cost him the season-long championship. Perhaps not playing last weekend will give him a chance to reset his game and allow extra focus on Australia’s other big golf title. He also has a top-five finish in two previous events at The Australian and a top-10 at The Lakes in 2018.
Cameron Davis (+800) has strong odds based on his victory in this event at The Australian in 2017. More recently, Davis finished off the PGA Tour season fairly strong and was seventh in the Australian PGA Championship last week.
Adam Scott (+1000) is nearly a sure bet to play well in his homeland, as evidenced by his sixth-place finish last week. Last year, was a distant runner-up finisher to Meronk, who won by five strokes in Victoria. Worldwide, Scott has four top 10s in his last seven starts, including placing in the top 10 in two PGA Tour events and the BMW PGA Championship on the DP World Tour in September.
A pair of golfers from the LIV circuit, Joaquin Niemann (+1400) and Marc Leishman (+1600), scored top-five finishes last week and can qualify for The Open with similar results this week. Leishman was also 10th the last time this tournament was held at The Australian in 2019.
Adrian Meronk (+1800) comes in as the defending champion and should be considered a threat to win anywhere on this circuit given his results over the past year and a half. Since July 2022, the only DP World Tour winner from Poland has accumulated four wins, with his latest one coming last month at the Andalucia Masters in Spain. He had a tough second round last week, which left him with a 40th-place result in Brisbane.
Matt Jones (+3000) has great value for someone who has claimed two victories at The Australian in this event. Plus, to go with those victories in 2015 and ’19, Jones was just one shot behind winner Cameron Davis here in 2017.
Last week’s runner-up in Brisbane is a slight longshot here, as Rikuya Hoshino is at +3500. Last week’s second-place finish was his second such result among his last six events worldwide.
A bigger longshot worth looking at is Ben Campbell (+5500). He missed the cut last week but has played well on the Asian Tour this year, including a win over Cameron Smith last month in Hong Kong.
This feels like a tournament that will be won by someone higher up on the odds board. We prefer Lee over Smith, given the latter’s erratic results as of late. We’ll also favor Davis and Scott, then go for value picks with Meronk and Jones.
Here are the latest odds from Jazz Sports for the DP World Tour’s 2023 ISPS Handa Australian Open.
|ODDS TO WIN 2023 ISPS HANDA AUSTRALIAN OPEN
|Min Woo Lee
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