The European Tour heads down under this week for a cross-over event with the women’s pros at the ISPS Handa Vic Open in Victoria, Australia. Now in its second year co-sanctioned by the Euro Tour, the event has actually been played since the late 1950s with eight former winners pegging it up this week. Both the men’s and women’s tournament will run concurrently on the Beach and Creek Courses of the 13th Beach Golf Links. In order to accommodate the large field both groups of pros will play a round on each course with a cut after 36 holes. The remaining players have to avoid a second cut. What’s left will compete on the Beach in Sunday’s final round. Online sportsbooks offer tournament matchup odds and you can visit BookMaker.eu for a complete list of betting odds and to place your wager.
Odds to Win ISPS Handa Vic Open at BookMaker.eu
Brett Rumford +100 vs. Marcus Fraser -130
Michael Hendry -112 vs. Alejandro Canizares -118
Connor Syme -145 vs. Anthony Quayle +115
Blake Windred -123 vs. Andrew Dodt -107
Dimitrios Papadatos -106 vs. Matthew Griffin -124
Travis Smyth -105 vs. Ashley Chesters -125
Ryan Fox -123 vs. Sam Horsfield -107
Brad Kennedy -132 vs. Min Woo Lee +102
Zach Murray -162 vs. Matthew Millar +129
Ryan Fox -156 vs. Louis De Jager +124
Matthew Jordan -135 vs. Maverick Antcliff +105
Sean Crocker -161 vs. Nick Cullen +128
David Law +103 vs. Hideto Tanihara -133
John Catlin +115 vs. Denzel Ieremia -145
Min Woo Lee -126 vs. Wade Ormsby -104
Michael Sim +101 vs. Terry Pilkadaris -131
Suradit Yongchareon Chai -114 vs. Jake McLeod -116
Haotong Li -115 vs. Lucas Herbert -115
Haotong Li -128 vs. Jason Scrivener -102
Josh Geary +111 vs. Hugo Leon -141
Wil Besseling -152 vs. Nick Flanagan +121
Lucas Herbert -128 vs. Jason Scrivener -102
Sam Horsfield -145 vs. Louis De Jager +115
Brad Kennedy -136 vs. Wade Ormsby +106
Cormac Sharvin -140 vs. Yi Keun Chang +110
Need to Know
With both the men’s and women’s pros competing, the two-course format is used to make sure everyone gets their rounds in. The host Beach Course will be played three times if you make it to Sunday. While it’s not long at just over 6,800 yards, there is a wide array of obstacles. The biggest is likely to come from Mother Nature with gusty winds along the coast. The Creek Course is a bit longer, but still short by Tour standards at 6,940 yards. Situated inland the layout doesn’t have the natural obstacles, but it does challenge players in different ways. The fairways are narrow and lined with native brush while a number of greens are guarded by deep bunkers. The field is much different than what we saw last week and I’ll try my best to improve on the 3-2 record in matchups from Saudi Arabia.
ISPS Handa Vic Open Matchup Picks
Dimitrios Papadatos -106 vs. Matthew Griffin
When he reaches the weekend at this event he’s enjoyed success, so I guess that makes Papadatos a hit or miss pick. He won the title here in 2017 after opening 68-64, and has had a number of 60s on the scorecard along with a T6 and T15 finish. He also tends to blow up, which cost him the last two years. We haven’t seen Papadatos since before Christmas when he finished T16 at the Australian Open and was a non-factor at the Australian PGA Championship. This field gives him a chance as long as the big numbers stay away.
Wade Ormsby +106 vs. Brad Kennedy
I don’t do this often in the matchup picks section. In fact it’s the first time I’ve ever done it. But I feel so strongly about Ormsby that I’m going with him in a pair of head-to-heads this week. Sure, he stumbled in the desert, but admittedly he’s not a fan, so I’ll give him a pass. Returning to the Mother Land will benefit his game and his ego. He tied with Kennedy for runner-up honors here last year, but Ormsby has enjoyed success recently while Kennedy has been laying low. That’s enough for me.
Wade Ormsby -104 vs. Min Woo Lee
Ormsby won the rescheduled Hong Kong Open last month, though it doesn’t count on his ET record since it was a non-sanctioned event. That came after a T3 at his home Australian Open in December. He’s one of the bigger names in the field and he’s playing like it coming in. Lee was right with Ormsby at the Aussie Open with a T3 and struggled in the desert also. But I like Ormsby’s veteran poise. It’s a risky move, but it will pay off.
Lucas Herbert -128 vs. Jason Scrivener
There isn’t one player in the field you can point to and say “he’s going to win this thing.” And that makes matchups an interesting bet. A third-round cut after a 76 last year started a slide that Herbert recently broke free from by claiming the Dubai Desert Classic title a few weeks back. He followed that with a T27 at the Saudi International and enjoys playing on home turf, despite last year’s result. I’ll chalk that one up to the elements and hope Herbert has learned from it.
Ryan Fox -123 vs. Sam Horsfield
The two-course format with unique conditions takes some getting used to. It can be intimidating for even the best golfers. Horsfield makes his tournament debut this week, and that has me leaning toward his matchup partner Fox in this one. Fox has done well in like-conditions and stronger fields, and he hung around in the desert with a couple of top-30 showings. He’s been good enough to play four rounds making him a winner in this matchup.
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