The ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia is back underway for 2019 and that can only mean one thing...Tour Insider is back!
Punters dust off your Ladbrokes accounts because TI is ready to pick up their tipping form from where they left off in 2018....which was by tipping the Aussie PGA winner; Cam Smith!
So without further ado, the moment you have all been waiting for, TI’s 2019 ISPS HANDA Vic Open tips...
Dimitrios Papadatos - $41 @ Ladbrokes.com.au
Pretty easy pick this one with the women’s event being co-sanctioned with the LPGA tour. Dimi will have the EXTRA medium size shirts out, shoulders back and the beach muscles primed for maximum exposure for the ladies to enjoy. Not to mention Valentine's Day is only a week or so away and Dimi will be looking for a win and his 2019 Valentine. But in all seriousness, Dimi has plenty of game on the course as well! A proven champion at 13th Beach, $41 seems easy money!
Yuta Ikeda - $51 @ Ladbrokes.com.au
Yuta is a 20-time winner on the Japan Golf Tour and has recorded another 15 runner-up finishes in events around the world. He has been ranked as high as 31 in the world and is an absolute star of the game. TI won’t mince words; this guy has quality most guys in this field can only dream about. $51 is great value for such a proven winner.
Cameron John - $151 @ Ladbrokes.com.au
All regular followers know that Cameron is a favourite of TI and that hasn’t gone away over the summer break! This kid is going places, in his first year on Tour he finished 20th on the Order of Merit thanks to six top-10 finishes in 12 tournaments including a runner-up finish at the NSW OPEN when he ran into a hot Jake McLeod. He hits it miles, has a great head on his shoulders and putts is very well. I'd be surprised if he didn’t perform well around this venue especially being a local Victorian boy. $151 is juicy and even the top-10 or 20 prices are a good play.
Nick Cullen - $67 @ Ladbrokes.com.au
His results around this golf course speak for themselves. Nick has been in contention around here multiple times without getting the win. I genuinely believe this is a nice course for the lefties with some tough tee shots looking more favourable for them. His recent form hasn’t been great but the rumours are rife he and his wife are 18 weeks pregnant with his first child. He will be on a high and TI is expecting him to kick 2019 off with a bang. $81 looks a nice play to me.
Jason Scrivener - $13 @Ladbrokes.com.au
Scriv is the favourite with the bookies and TI can see why. It’s hard not to be impressed with the way this guy finished 2018 on the European Tour with a tied 3rd and tied 6th and he hasn’t missed a beat to start 2019 finishing tied 16th and tied 7th in the desert. Recently engaged to his longtime partner, life is good for the West Australian and he will give this event a huge nudge.
As TI has already mentioned we are joined by the ladies from the ALPG and LPGA this week, which everyone is loving! So while TI’s expert knowledge isn’t as strong on the ladies side of the draw, TI is going to take a crack at tipping a winner anyway...
Minjee Lee - $5 @ Ladbrokes.com.au
Where do you start, this girl blew the women away last year, announcing herself around the world as star of the game so I don’t think anyone will be surprised with TI’s selection. Everything TI is hearing is she is flushing it and eager to show she is the still number one in the family since her brother, Min Woo, posted his best result in a tour event in Saudi Arabia last week.
Georgia Hall - $8 @ Ladbrokes.com.au
Again TI is going with one of the favourites but this girl is all class! Won the British Open last year and has started 2019 how she ended 2018. She looks a real danger to push for another title.
Hannah Green - $41 @ Ladbrokes.com.au
Relatively new on Tour and already 143 in the world. Her results as an amateur were strong and she has taken that straight into the pro ranks. Hannah has already established herself as 6th highest ranked Aussie in the world. Another one of WA's strong contingent of pros - just further shows the depth of talent amongst the sandgropers.
Katherine Kirk - $41 @ Ladbrokes.com.au
A little more seasoned on tour but with conditions forecast to get difficult she is one that will keep a level head and won't let go!
Karrie Webb - $81 @ Ladbrokes.com.au
Where to start? Arguably Australia's most successful golfer; multiple Majors, Karrie has won more tournaments than some of these Ladies have even competed in. Admittedly her recent form isn't what she would normally expect but you can’t beat class. She is and always will be a great of the game and TI thinks this course is definitely a set up she likes.
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