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ISPS Handa Australian Open

Golf on the DP World Tour stays down under, as the second leg of the Opening Swing is the ISPS Handa Australian Open.

First played in 1904, it is one of the oldest and most prestigious events on tour, with the winner receiving the Stonehaven Cup.

It was first presented in 1930 and was handed out by the Governor General of Australia, Lord Stonehaven.

Poland’s Adrian Meronk got his hands on that honour last year after winning the event Jack Nicklaus once referred to as golf’s ‘fifth major’.

Nicklaus is one of several golf legends to have triumphed in this tournament, alongside Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Greg Norman.

The home contingent has picked up where Norman left off to build upon an already solid winning record, with Matt Jones the most recent in 2019.

Every year, the Australian Open changes venue, and this year players will take on The Lakes and The Australian Golf Clubs in Sydney.

And there will be a party in Sydney, as 2023 PGA Championship hero Michael Block is in town, playing on a tournament invite.

So, who will be next to lift this historic prize? Here’s everything you need to know…

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ISPS Handa Australian Open details

Course: The Lakes GC, Sydney & The Australian GC, Sydney

Course Stats: Par 72, Yards 6,248 & Par 71, Yards 6,609

Defending Champion: Adrian Meronk

Purse: $1,700,000

Winner’s Share: $187,250

ISPS Handa Australian Open betting tip

Here’s who the bookies fancy to go well this week…

Min Woo Lee 5/1

Cameron Smith 11/2

Cam Davis 8/1

Joaquin Niemann 14/1

Marc Leishman 16/1

Lucas Herbert 20/1

Adrian Meronk 20/1

Ryo Hisatsune 28/1

The bunkered Bet

Joaquin Niemann 14/1

LIV golfers rose to the fore in both DP World tour events last week, including Dean Burmester, who won the Joburg Open. The relaxed schedule on the Saudi-backed circuit could pay dividends after a gruelling season for the tournament regulars, while the Open spots up for grabs are added incentives. Niemann finished fifth here in Australia last week and made an ace during his final round. The Chilean will be full of confidence and has a tee-to-green game that should stand up to this test.

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ISPS Handa Australian Open how to watch

Here’s how UK viewers can tune in this week…

Thursday: Sky Sports Golf, 1am

Friday: Sky Sports Golf, 1am

Saturday: Sky Sports Main Event, 3am

Sunday: Sky Sports Golf, 2am

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