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World Super 6 Perth Preview

Monday, February 5, 2018


 

The Next Rung

 

Brett Rumford

Just to prove the symmetry of his win last year, Rumford was just as good on the matchplay Sunday as he was when shooting 17-under, five better than anyone else, in strokeplay. He birdied 22 holes from Thursday-Saturday (40.7%) and 9/22 in match play (40.9%). This is his local course (form of 7-19-6 in three previous editions of Perth International) so it all made sense. Warmed up for his defense with a decent T37 in the Dubai Desert Classic.

 

Yusaku Miyazato

He may not be a familiar name yet but get used to it as Miyazato, the World No. 51, is all set to play in the WGC-Match Play in Texas next month. A four-time winner on his home Japanese Tour last year, the most recent in December by six shots, he’s already posted a top five in the Myanmar Open on the Asian Tour. Also T27 in Malaysia last week, current form suggests he can come through the strokeplay section even though this is his first start in Australia.

 

Seungsu Han

The Korean, a UNLV grad, has made a huge leap up the world rankings in the last couple of years, surging from 1,802nd in 2016 to his current position of 87th. His last seven starts show a win and three other top fives on the Japan Tour and T27 in the Abu Dhabi Championship. As with Miyazato and Kodaira, he’ll be playing in Australia for the first time.

 

Scott Vincent

It didn’t work out for the Zimbabwean last year here (MC after 36) but he’s climbed 100 spots in the world rankings since then to 228 and has two top fives (one at South African Open) and a top 10 in his last five starts. Hits it long and can get hot with the putter so could make an impact.

 

Wade Ormsby

Another of the Aussie contingent, the 37-year-old’s long wait for a first European Tour win finally ended at November’s Hong Kong Open. He followed it with a top 10 in the Aussie PGA although has gone off the boil since with a trio of MCs. Ormsby deserves a look here though as he reached the quarter-finals last year and was T15 (2016) and T9 (2014) in his two previous starts at Lake Karrinyup.

 

Lucas Herbert

One of the 11 home Aussie players to reach the last 16 in this event 12 months ago, Herbert had finished T2 in the strokeplay section after firing 67-68-69. He’s playing some fine golf ahead of his return, with T8 in the Singapore Open a couple of weeks ago and top 10s at the Australian Open and Australian PGA just before Christmas.

 

Nick Cullen

Cullen was also part of the Australian-littered leaderboard last year and carded three rounds in the 60s to claim T14 after 54 holes before losing his first duel on matchplay Sunday. T15 at Lake Karrinyup in the 2016 Perth International, he took T7 in the Challenge Tour’s Grand Final in November and was again T7 in last week’s warm-up at the Australasian Tour’s Victorian Open.

 

Alejandro Canizares

The Spaniard didn’t play in this event last year but back in 2012 he opened with 65 and finished third at the 2012 Perth International so has some notable form at Lake Karrinyup. He putted well in both Abu Dhabi (T48) and Dubai (T22) and that’s always a good thing going into matchplay, especially in this super-short format.

 

Sean Crocker

Born in Zimbabwe where his dad was a professional cricketer, Crocker moved to California as a youth and now flys the Stars and Stripes. In his last four starts, he’s finished T16 in Hong Kong, T7 in the Aussie PGA and T6 in the Singapore Open so he’s got some of the best form in the field. He did miss the cut in Dubai but shot 69-71 so don’t be surprised to see him make an impact.

 

Adam Bland

If managers are putting faith in last year’s results, Bland made it to the semi-finals and eventually finished third so clearly embraced the format. In the strokeplay section he’d fired 71-69-67 to edge through in T16. He also put on another impressive home display when third at the Australian PGA Championship in December but a slight fly in the ointment is current 2018 form – MC (Singapore Open) and MC (Victorian Open).

 

Brad Kennedy

The local man finished his season in Japan with four straight top 20s and added T19 at the Aussie Tour’s Victorian Open after a strong weekend. In the negative ledger is his course record of two missed cuts out of three at Lake Karrinyup, including a 36-hole departure last year despite a Friday 69.

 

 

Sleeper Picks

 

Andrew Dodt

The Aussie has long spells of doing not much but can suddenly strike it hot to remind us how good he can be (two-time European Tour winner). He could seem a good option here after T29 in Dubai and a 71-65 start in Malaysia but Dodt missed the 36-hole cut last year and also crashed out at halfway in the 2013 and 2016 editions of the Perth International. Nine of his 10 rounds there have been over par

 

Danny Willett

Still way off the form he showed when winning The Masters but could do some damage if progressing through to Sunday. A third place at Lake Karrinyup in 2013 should stir some memories.

 

Chase Koepka

Brooks’ younger brother plays a very different type of game but it’s starting to get results. After some notable performances on the Challenge Tour last year, including second place in the Kazakhstan Open, he scored his first top 10 at ET level with T7 in January’s South African Open. Had a first taste of Australia when T50 in the 2017 Aussie PGA Championship in December.

 

Austin Connelly

A surprise contender at the Open Championship last July, he gave us a hint of his talents in this event when reaching the matchplay section after only Brett Rumford outscored him over three days of strokeplay. T62 in Malaysia last week after MCs in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

 

Steven Jeffress

Another of the Aussies, who shone over strokeplay last year (T2) and then reached the last eight on Sunday. Interest increases when we note his top five finish in last week’s Victorian Open.

 

David Bransdon

Shot a 64 in round two last year to cruise into the final day although his matchplay segment lasted just one match. The Aussie also popped up on the leaderboard when tied fourth in December’s Australian PGA Championship.

 

Adam Blyth

Worth considering on the back of his performance last year when he was part of the tie for second place in the strokeplay section. But what was going on in the Victoria Open last week when the Aussie shot a Friday 83?

 

Simon Hawkes

He’s a 29-year-old Aussie and the only player in the field who comes into the event off a win. That was at the Victorian Open last week, a triumph which catapulted him nearly 1,500 spots up the world rankings to 439.

 

 

Who’s On The Team?

 

It’s an interesting week in a number of ways, not least because several of the leading contenders are Asian players under the radar of most gamers.

 

That said, Aussies really did dominate last year so it may be a smart move to decorate your line-ups with home players.

 

Brett Rumford should go well again while Kiwi Ryan Fox has to be one to watch – as does, Aussie-born South African Jason Scrivener.

 

I’ll reveal my full team of six for the European Tour’s official fantasy game in Tuesday’s Playing The Tips feature.

 

 

One To Swerve

 

Hard to say although Lee Westwood is surely a better play in Asia (superb record) than he is in Australia so I’m not rushing to include him this week.



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Dave Tindall is former golf editor at Sky Sports.com in the UK and has been writing betting previews for the European Tour since 1997. He can be reached via e-mail on tindall_david@hotmail.com and on Twitter @davetindallgolf.
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