Okay so Tour Insider missed the winner last week but fair to say the tips were right around the mark with Cameron Smith, Jason Day and Jordan Spieth all performing well and Gibson and Scrivener did not disgrace themselves either in their National Open.
For those of you that have been following TI closely you could have got juicy odds about Cameron Davis who I tipped the week before at he NSW Open. What a win by the young man and welcome to the big stage. TI has been a fan of Davis for a number of years and you will see this guy on leaderboards for years to come.
TI would like to state his great affection for Adam Scott but unfortunately he will not be included in the tips this week. Scotty this year has once again shown his great qualities by spending plenty of time at home with his young family and perhaps not enough time on the course to have his game sharp. However, remember you heard it here first, expect Adam to be back to his best in 2018!
The Greg Norman medalist and the Aussie with the best form in 2017 has got to be the man to beat. Yet to win a big event in Australia but the big lad from Warrnambool could just tick that box at RACV Royal Pines Resort over the weekend. It would be a popular win and a great way to cap off a stellar season.
The Masters champion and arguably the main attraction this week. He should certainly be right at the top of the leaderboard if the World Rankings are anything to go by and it would only be the distractions of the sun, surf and sand at the Gold Coast that would stop him playing well this week.
TI believes he has struggled with his driving the last few weeks but no one works harder than Rummy and he may just have sorted the "big dog" out for this week. His magnificent short game will save him from any misses around the green (which others will find difficult) and if he can hit a few more fairways this week he may just take the PGA Championship title and the Order of Merit as well.
Winning form is good form and now that the monkey is off the back after last week's win in Hong Kong it would not surprise to see Wade go back to back. Although the layout has changed he may feel that Royal Pines just owes him one.
TI senses he may just have tried a little hard last week and only just come up short. If he can relax a little more with the home support around him he may just be the man to take home the Joe Kirkwood Cup.
TI does expect last weeks' tips of Rhein Gibson and Jason Scrivener to perform well and last year's runner up Andrew Dodt has had his best season in Europe so would not surprise if he went one better and was drinking Bundy and Coke from the Kirkwood Cup on Sunday night. A great week for a number of younger players to make their mark like Cam Davis did last week.
For round one tee times, visit pga.org.au.
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