Welcome to the 2018 ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia season!

After a string of top-tips from Tour Insider, including the winner of the final event of the year, Cameron Smith at the Australian PGA Championship, we’re back for the first tournament of the year, the new REBEL Sport NZ Masters.

But before I focus on the future can we all please take a moment to reflect on the greatness of the 2017 season and my tipping! #getaroundme

Tournament

TI’s Tips

Player’s Result

Victorian PGA Championship

Marcus Fraser

Taylor Macdonald

Stephen Leaney

David McKenzie

Ashley Hall

Tied 3rd

Tied 9th

Tied 18th

Tied 23rd

MC

Oates Vic Open

Min Woo Lee

Brett Rumford

Rory Bourke

Ben Eccles

Peter O’Malley

Tied 6th

Tied 18th

Tied 20th

Tied 36th

Tied 78th

ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth

Jason Scrivener

Lucas Herbert

Ryan Fox

Thorbjorn Olesen

Peter Uihlein

4th

Tied 9th

Tied 25th

Tied 39th

Tied 55th

NZ PGA Championship

Ben Campbell

Tim Hart

David Bransdon

Mitchell A Brown

Grant Waite

Tied 2nd

Tied 24th

49th

53rd

MC

ISPS HANDA New Zealand Open

Dimitrios Papadatos

Anthony Quayle

Adam Bland

Jake McLeod

Jake Higginbottom

Tied 6th

Tied 15th

Tied 45th

MC

MC

Queensland PGA Championship

Brad Kennedy

David Klein

Shae Wools-Cobb

Matt Stieger

Taylor Macdonald

6th

Tied 35th

Tied 41st

MC

DQ

PNG Open

Anthony Quayle

Chris Wood

Michael Wright

Aaron Wilkin

Jake McLeod

3rd

4th

Tied 14th

Tied 14th

Tied 26th

WA PGA Championship

Jarryd Felton

Anthony Quayle

Adam Burdett

Min Woo Lee

Jason Norris

Tied 9th

Tied 9th

Tied 9th

Tied 19th

Tied 32nd

Fiji International

Jarryd Felton

Ryan Fox

Scott Hend

Andrew Dodt

Soomin Lee

Tied 9th

Tied 24th

Tied 24th

Tied 35th

MC

Northern Territory PGA Championship

Travis Smyth

Matt Millar

Aaron Price

James Marchesani

Jack Wilson

WINNER

Tied 6th

Tied 21st

Tied 50th

MC

WA Open

Stephen Leaney

James Marchesani

Brett Rumford

Curtis Luck

Jarryd Felton

WINNER

Tied 5th

Tied 18th

Tied 16th

Tied 27th

Queensland Open

Michael Sim

Jake McLeod

Kade McBride

Deyen Lawson

Steven Jeffress

WINNER

Tied 24th

Tied 24th

Tied 41st

MC

NSW Open

Jason Scrivener

Kramer Hickok

Steven Jeffress

David McKenzie

Cameron David

WINNER

Tied 6th

Tied 67th

Tied 70th

Tied 92nd

Emirates Australian Open

Cameron Smith

Jason Day

Jordan Spieth

Jason Scrivener

Rhein Gibson

4th

5th

8th

Tied 19th

Tied 19th

Australian PGA Championship

Cameron Smith

Marc Leishman

Wade Ormsby

Sergio Garcia

Brett Rumford

WINNER

Tied 4th

Tied 9th

Tied 24th

MC

Remember, it's not how you start, it's how you finish!

It took TI a little time to warm up but by the end of the season I had tipped five winners and a further 22 top-10 finishes.

So on to 2018…again there was a little too much Christmas cheer for TI but here’s hoping we can shake off the dust and get straight to business with some winners!

It’s always tricky to pick form at this stage of the season and it would be no surprise to see one of the local guys slip on the Black Jacket this week, TI’s top picks are…

Michael Hendry

One of the marquee players in the field this week, the proud Kiwi lives about a 6iron away from Wainui’s front step where he is also a member, his course knowledge should be a big bonus this week. A few equipment changes in the bag for the NZ Open champ, if he gets comfortable look out.

Ryan Fox

Another Auckland boy and headlining alongside Hendry this week, it’s great to see two of the best golfers in the country supporting their home event. Foxy is carrying a stiff shoulder but I’m happy to have him as the pick of the field after his 2017 season on the European Tour.

Matt Millar

Mr. Consistent, he had a strong start to the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia last year where he made a habit of finishing inside the top-10. He and Lincoln Tighe have already got one up over the Kiwi boys Fox & Hendry, winning the four hole Australia versus New Zealand Challenge before the pro-am!

Peter Fowler

Brings more European flavour to the tournament along with Fox, his form on the European Senior Tour (now the Staysure Tour) has been fantastic, still plenty of fantastic golf left in Chook.

Ryan Chisnall

Ryan makes his Professional debut this week after earning status on Tour with a top-10 finish at Q-School in December, he played his amateur golf with the New Zealand Golf Academy and chalked up some strong results throughout the U.S. last year. TI is really looking forward to seeing how he goes in the Pro ranks.