AMERICAN Jordan Spieth is the outright favourite in betting markets to lift his second Stonehaven Cup, when he takes his place in the 2016 Emirates Australian Open field at Royal Sydney Golf Club from Thursday.
Spieth won the 2014 edition of the Australian Open at the Australian Golf Club and has subsequently posted two major championships victories and occupied the world golf ranking’s number one spot.
Having won each of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and the Dean & DeLuca Invitational during the 2016 calendar, Spieth played an integral role in Team USA’s successful Ryder Cup bid in early October and is currently available at Australian Open odds of $4 with online bookmaker Ladbrokes.
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Aussie Adam Scott is the only other golfer currently rated a strong chance of winning the 2016 Australian Open and is the sole occupant of the second line of betting, at $4.25 odds.
2016 has been a strong calendar for Scott, who posted consecutive wins at the Honda Classic and Cadillac Championship in February and March most notably.
Having finished fourth at each of The Barclays, Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship through recent months, the world number 7 appears primed for a return to the winner’s circle and second Australian Open title, having saluted at New South Wales Golf Club in 2009.
Geoff Ogilvy has not returned to winning form since he was successful in the 2014 edition of the Barracuda Championship, but the South Australia is prominent on the third line of Australian Open betting; albeit at a particularly generous $17 quote, or $23 with Odds Boost Sports Extra.
Ogilvy has already contested three tournaments this season and while missing the cut at each of the Safeway Open and Sanderson Farms Championship, carded a 16-under 268 to finish in a tie for 4th at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open earlier this month.
Cameron Smith and Rod Pampling share the fourth line of Australian Open betting at $19 odds, while two-time champion Aaron Baddeley ($21) has firmed onto the fifth line.
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