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On the eve of the Open. What Open? The British Open. Australian golfers winning on world tours is a welcome reality. Yes, Aussie golfers have piped up with a few victories to remind the world of their presence. Young Cam Davis struck gold at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit. Lucas Herbert won the Irish Open, and then, Min Woo Lee took out the Scottish Open last week. Indeed, Stephanie Kyriacou won on the Ladies European Tour as well. Perhaps, with this sign of form we could see an Antipodean collect the claret jug at Royal St George’s. We have had one winner on this quirky course already with Greg Norman’s victory in 1993.

Aussie Golfers Achieving Victories

Australian golfers winning on world tours may continue near the white cliffs of Dover on the Channel Coast in Sandwich. Even the green keeper at Royal St George’s looks like he plays lead guitar in a heavy metal band. Perhaps he is merely taking a leaf out of his Prime Minister’s personal grooming manual. This links course is repeatedly referred to by the tour players as quirky. Could this be a polite way of saying that they hate this track? There are plenty of humps and bumps to send golf balls into bunkers and deep rough.

Australians at The Open Championship

So, who among the Aussie contingent is going to stand up to four rounds of wind and major pressure? Who will handle the unfair bounces and knee-deep coastal grasses along the fringes of the tight fairways? Indeed, who will cope with the plethora of bunkers placed at key locations around the course? Marc Leishman from windy Warrnambool has the skills and experience to deal with these conditions if he stands up. Leish would be a wonderful winner of the Open. Cam Smith is probably the form Aussie golfer on the US PGA Tour in recent times. He has a great short game for a tricky track such as this.

Marc Leishman golfer
Marc Leishman

Lucas Herbert and Min Woo Lee are both talented big hitting golfers. Their winning form puts them into contention. Adam Scott has a bone to pick with the British Open after 2012. Jason Day and his bad back seems unlikely but you never know. Day and Scott are both major competitors of the highest order. Jason Scrivener has been in fine form in Europe this season and currently sits in their top ten. Matt Jones has a dominant victory at the Honda Classic this year and can beat anyone on his day. Cam Davis turned down an invite because of green card considerations after marrying in the United States. There are 11 Australian golfers competing at the 2021 Open.

With Australian golfers winning on world tours, we may see an Aussie hoist up the claret jug once again in 2021!


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