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
Victorian PGA Championship
Oates Vic Open
Min Woo Lee
ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth
NZ PGA Championship
Mitchell A Brown
ISPS HANDA New Zealand Open
Queensland PGA Championship
WA PGA Championship
Min Woo Lee
Northern Territory PGA Championship
Emirates Australian Open
Australian PGA Championship
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…
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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