THE UNIQLO Masters 2015 Preview

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THE UNIQLO Masters | 19 November - 22 November | Huntingdale GC


The Australian Triple Crown gets underway on Thursday and although the DP World Championship will be in the spotlight this week, things look like they could get heated at Huntingdale Golf Club. Whilst the event has dropped in popularity over the years and the majority of the field are unknown to the average golfing fan, there is still some value to be found which makes this an event worth betting on.

Adam Scott is the big name competing this week but the inclusion of Nicolas Colsearts and John Sended promises to keep things interesting, especially if Colsaerts brings his A game. That might be easier said than done though on this course, which is very tight. Located in Melbourne’s famous Sandbelt, Huntingdale hosts the event once again and after being narrowly edged out by Nick Cullen at Metropolitan GC last year Scott will be looking forward to returning to a course he’s dominated on in the past. On tight tracks such as this accuracy off the tee is important that’s not the end of the road. Bunkers can be found on almost every hole and lie waiting to trap wayward approaches so GIR%, scrambling and sand saves will also be vital stats to look out for. So will Scott continue his dominance here or will he be upstaged once again? Let’s have a look.


To Win Outright
Adam Scott: 28/10

John Senden: 12/1
Steven Bowditch: 14/1
Cameron Smith: 22/1
Brett Rumford: 25/1


Value Bets

Brett Rumford (25/1 a win & 11/2 a place)
Brett Rumford is one of the few players competing this week to have won on the European Tour and although he’s been quiet this season, he could have a chance this week. He’s been out of action since June when he underwent emergency surgery whilst in South Africa, but he’s now back in the mix and his game seems to be on track. A recent win on the Australian Tour shows he’s gearing up for a big performance here and at this price the five-time European Tour winner can’t be ignored.

Wade Ormsby (40/1 a win & 88/10 a place)
If there’s one thing Australian’s love it’s a legacy and every year the commentators go on about Ormsby’s father, who was also  a professional golfer. Whilst his dad is one of the old school legends of the game, Ormsby is no slouch and in 2014 he really came into his own, finishing just outside the Top 50 in the Race to Dubai. Ormsby will have fond memories of this event after coming close to winning last year, so keep an eye on him this week.

Cameron Smith (22/1 a win & 48/10 a place)
Cameron Smith burst onto the scene earlier this year and for a while was the name on everyone's lips during the US Open. He will be looking forward to playing a course that will suit his game to a tee. His ball-striking ability is world class and he generally finds the fairway off the tee and his putting, as we saw in the US Open, can be extraordinary. This week Smith is available at a very healthy 22/1, get on while you can.

TOP BET: 
Steven Bowditch (14/1 a win & 31/10 a place)
Adam Scott will be the likely winner this week but at odds of just 28/10 I can’t bring myself to back him, especially considering his poor showing last time out in China where he hit just 40% of fairways. The next best player then looks to be Bowditch who is one of only three in this field who currently sit inside the Top 100 in the Tour rankings. He’s a seven-time winner and pulled off his second PGA Tour in two years, earlier this season - walking away with the Byron Nelson Trophy after playing some outstanding golf. If Bowditch plays as well as we know he can he may just be the one to beat this week so I’ll be backing him each way.

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