West Australian Jason Scrivener will be hoping to use a course he enjoys to kick-start his 2019 campaign when the European Tour resumes at the D+D Real Czech Masters at the Albatross Golf Resort in Prague.
The first European Tour event since Shane Lowry’s emotional win of The Open Championship at Royal Portrush, the Czech Masters boasts seven Australians and Kiwi Josh Geary with Scrivener to feature in the first group off the par-5 10th tee, a hole he has birdied five times the past eight times that he has played it.
The Albatross Golf Resort has been a happy hunting ground for Scrivener the past three years and shapes as the ideal launch pad as to the Race to Dubai points race heats up.
Four top-10s in his opening five events of the season had Scrivener occupying a lofty position in the rankings but missed cuts at both the Irish and Scottish Opens has seen the 30-year-old fall to 56th on the Order of Merit.
A final round of 5-under 67 catapulted Scrivener 28 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 18th in this event 12 months ago while weekend rounds of 68-69 saw him finish tied for fifth in 2017.
Joining Scrivener in the field in Prague are fellow Aussies Sam Brazel, Adam Bland, Brett Rumford, Deyen Lawson, Nick Cullen and Dimi Papadatos.
Taking the lead of the Vic Open, the ISPS HANDA World Invitational will bring both men and women together on the European Challenge Tour in Northern Ireland.
To be played across Galgorm Castle Golf Club and Massereene Golf Club, the World Invitational will see men and women compete alongside each other in separate tournaments for the same prize money.
On the men’s side of the draw Australia will be represented by Ben Eccles, Jordan Zunic, Jack Munro and Richard Green with Green’s partner Marianne Skarpnord and Whitney Hillier contesting the women’s tournament.
On the Staysure Tour Peter Fowler and Michael Campbell will fly the Australian and New Zealand flags respectively at the Scottish Senior Open to be played at Craigielaw Golf Club, an event no Australian has won since Noel Ratcliffe in 2000.
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