New Event Again for the European Tour
Continuing on from last week and the theme of new events and controversy. This week we have something very new and an opportunity to present something unique.
Both the men’s and ladies game will come together to compete on the same courses and for equal prize money but in separate events and from different tees…. Other than funding the ladies game and helping to create exposure this seems completely pointless
The men’s event will be co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the ISPS PGA Tour of Australia.
The ladies event will be tri-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour, the Ladies PGA Tour and the ALPGA Tour.
In total there will be 312 players competing from the various tours, all looking to grab their piece of the $3,000,000 prize fund.
Over the first two days both courses will be in use, come Saturday both the men’s event and the ladies event will be cut to 65 and ties , with everyone playing the Beach Course. A further cut will then be made on Sunday with only the top 35 and ties from each event playing the final round once again on the Beach Course.
13th Beach Golf Club
Par 72, measuring 6,796 yards. (4 x par 5’s and 4 x par 3’s)
Course designer: Tony Cashmore
The Beach Course is unique in its design. Like many modern golf courses, The Beach Course features a large residential precinct. The first four holes play away from the clubhouse winding through the majority of houses. The fifth tee is the beginning of what Thirteenth Beach has become famous for, wonderful links land, rolling through a series of dramatic and natural golf holes that look and feel like they were there long before a golf development was planned.
But perhaps the key feature of The Beach Course is its wonderful set of par 3’s. Starting at the brutal 180m 3rd hole to the dainty yet sinister 113m 16th, the par threes of The Beach Course offer golfers of all levels a true test of their iron play, yet are mouth-watering to the eye.
The Beach Course is a wonderful test of any golfer’s ability. Offering everything that makes golf such a superb game. A golf course that is playable to golfers of all levels with beautifully manicured fairways, greens and bunkers and a strategic design that offers the ultimate in risk reward golf for even the most elite of players. The Beach Course truly is 18 holes of golfing splendour. (taken from 13th Beach course description)
Par 7, measuring 6,919 yards. (4 x par 5’s and 4 x par 3’s)
Course designers: Tony Cashmore and Nick Faldo
The Creek Course has gently undulating couch fairways, and huge, deep bunkers filled with yellow sand. It has firm, true greens surrounded by interesting bumps, swales and hollows, all closely mown.
There is also plenty of greenside bunkering that cuts into and helps mould the slopes of the putting surfaces in the best traditions of Melbourne’s Sand Belt much admired by Faldo, who has spoken previously of his love affair with Mackenzie’s work at Royal Melbourne.
The native couch fairways are over-seeded with fescues. This provides both an excellent, green playing surface year round, and a quick transition back to couch dominance in spring.
Beyond the fairways there is generally a wide zone of maintained short rough prior to either long pasture grasses or the residential areas under development.
There are some quirky elements too, like the ‘square cut’ tees, the creek itself, and the creative use of a few remaining pines in hole strategy. (taken from 13th Beach course description)
Very much an accuracy week. There is no real need to kill the ball off the tee on these relatively short courses. Creating chances organically by finding fairways and hitting greens looks to be the right way to approach the entire week.
Recent form across all tours and form on correlating courses has been taken into consideration. but only a small consideration has been aimed towards course history
Wont be investing too much this week in cash, gpp or betting. I feel this week is far more unpredictable than most weeks and although I may regret reducing participation whilst on a heater, landing bets and building contending line ups with low entries. I always believe you have to gamble sensibly and know when to back off.
Jazz Janewattananond – $10,300
Justin Harding – $10,100
$9,000 – $10,000
Aaron Rai – $9,900
Jorge Campillo – $9,500
$8,000 – $9,000
Sihwan Kim – $9,000
Ben Eccles – $8,000
$7,500 – $8,000
Callum Shinkwin – $7,900
Matthew Griffin – $7,500
$7,000 – $7,500
Nick Cullen – $7,300
Andrew Johnston – $7,200
$7,000 or less
Austin Connelly – $6,900
Kristoffer Reitan – $6,700
Outright Market (e/w top 5)
Aaron Rai 22/1 (1 point e/w)
Andrew Johnston 40/1 (1 point e/w)
Andrew Johnston and Jason Day 368/1 (1/2 point e/w)
One and Done
Anyway ladies and gents that’s me done for this week and my apologies for a somewhat rushed write up, I now have bags to pack, a quick practice round to squeeze in and a PGA report to complete before I set off for Portugal to play in the Golf Villa Rentals Pro-Am at Monte Rei.
As always I’m gonna be available through twitter for any questions you have and if your interested no doubt there will be a few videos and pictures posted there of my week away at one of the best courses in mainland Europe.