Adam Scott will lead a star-studded field in the 2019 Australian Open, which kicks off Thursday, December 5 at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney.
Scott, the $7.50 outright favourite at Sportsbet.com.au, is one of several players who will use the event as a tune-up for next week’s Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne. Others include South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen ($10), Mexico’s Abraham Ancer ($13), and the Aussie duo of Marc Leishman ($13) and Cameron Smith ($13).
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European Ryder Cup heroes Paul Casey ($12) and Sergio Garcia ($15) are also in the mix, but one of the biggest names in Australian golf is missing. Jason Day was slated to play in Sydney before heading south to take on Team USA, but the Queenslander has withdrawn from both events due to a back injury.
The aforementioned Ancer is the defending champion after cruising to a five-shot victory at The Lakes last year. The field is significantly stronger this time around, so the world no.38 may have to lift his game if he wishes to retain the title.
2019 Australian Open golf betting
Marc Leishman $13
Matt Jones $23
Cameron Tringale $34
Cheng-Tsung Pan $41
Wade Ormsby $56
Jarryd Felton $71
Cameron Smith $13
Min Woo Lee $23
Cameron Davis $41
Blake Windred $41
Cameron Percy $61
Maverick Antcliff $81
Sergio Garcia $15
Lucas Herbert $26
Andrey Dodt $41
Rhein Gibson $51
David Micheluzzi $67
Jamie Lovemark $81
Jason Scrivener $21
Ryan Fox $34
Takumi Kanaya $41
Jake McLeod $51
Michael Sim $67
D Papadatos $101
Best bets for 2019 Australian Open golf
Abraham Ancer to beat Paul Casey – $1.90 at Sportsbet
If this was one of the majors, you would back Casey to outshoot Ancer most of the time. But it is a different story when one player is prepping for a top-flight international event and the other is enjoying what is little more than a working holiday.
Cameron Smith to finish top five – $3 at Sportsbet
Smith went close in 2016 when he lost out to Jordan Spieth in a three-way playoff at Royal Sydney. The 26-year-old Queenslander is a rising star on the PGA Tour and should bring something like his A-game with the Presidents Cup just around the corner.
Adam Scott to win – $7.50 at Sportsbet
While Scott ranks among the modern greats of Australian golf, his achievements on home soil are relatively few. The world no.15 has only five pro wins in Australia and has not lifted the Stonehaven Cup since his maiden win at New South Wales in 2009. This is a great chance for the 2013 US Masters champion to flex his muscles.
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