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Golf: Australian Open preview

The 106th Australian Open gets underway at the Lakes Golf Club in Sydney on Thursday, with Min Woo Lee the hot fancy to take the top prize.

It will be a bumper four days of action as the 2023 Australian Open continues with the theme of the best men and women golfers playing on the same course at the same time.

They will be playing for different titles, but it does give the fans a unique opportunity to see the best of both, out on the course.

The 2023 event is also an exciting one for all involved, as the 2022 winners Adrian Meronk and Ashleigh Buhai return to defend their titles.

Let’s take a closer look the 2023 Australian Open and who is in the mix to win the men’s tournament.

WhatISPS Handa Australian Open
WhereThe Lakes Golf Club, Sydney
WhenThursday 30th November - Sunday 3rd December 2023
How to watchChannel 9, Fox & Kayo
OddsMin Woo Lee 6.00, Cameron Smith 7.50, Cameron Davis 8.00, Adam Scott 12.00

Lee the talk of the town

Fresh from his win at the Australian PGA Championship last weekend, youngster from Perth Lee is raring to go once again ahead of the Australian Open.

He is the hot fancy at 6.00 to go back-to-back, having shown his professionalism by not over-celebrating his victory last week.

The 25-year-old had an early night and was on the plane to Sydney the morning after to begin his preparations for the Australian Open.

Lee, who has been described as Australia’s version of Tiger Woods, has been smashing the ball huge distances and will take a great deal of confidence from his win at the PGA.

He is ready to take his game to the next level and wants to be the world number one day, but for now all focus is on the Australian Open and it will be interesting to see if he can go back-to-back.

Smith out to respond after PGA setback

While Lee shone at the PGA, defending champion Cameron Smith had a week to forget, missing the cut as he finished on +9 after two rounds.

Smith labelled that performance in his home state of Queensland as ‘unacceptable’ and he will be out to make amends this week.

The Open Champion can be backed at 7.00 to win his first Australian Open, and he is likely to come out with all guns blazing.

In an interesting twist of fate, Smith has been drawn to play with Lee in the first round, and that could bring some added pressure.

Davis looks to roll back the years

Cameron Davis is priced at 8.50 to win the Australian Open this week and add to the title he won back in 2017 as a 20-year-old.

Davis grew up in Sydney and will be very familiar with the weather and course conditions and is sure to be in the hunt this week.

The course is a happy hunting ground for him following his 2017 win and being in familiar surroundings could inspire him to another win in the Australian Open.

Others in the mix

A player with vast experience like Adam Scott also has to be in the conversation. The Queenslander has done it on the biggest stages in world golf and also won this event back in 2009.

Scott can be backed at 11.00 to add another Australian Open to an already outstanding CV.

Marc Leishman is also another to keep an eye on. He finished third at the PGA last week and can be backed at 15.00 to go a couple better and win in Sydney.

Defending champion Meronk is priced at 17.00 to go back-to-back.

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