Big week in store for WA Golfers

6th Feb 2014

Brady Watt could find himself in the running for a spot at this year’s Open Championship at Hoylake is he finishes well at the Joburg Open this weekend.

Three places at the Open are up for grabs at this year’s event. With the the spots going to the players not already exempt, Watt could feasibly qualify if he places in the top 10.

While it’s Watt’s first professional start on the European Tour, the former World Number 1 amateur golfer has already tasted success in South Africa winning the individual component of the Ten Nations Cup in 2013.

The Women’s Australasian season rolls along, this time at the RACV Volvic Ladies Masters, with defending champion Karrie Webb chasing an incredible ninth title. Standing in her way will be WA’s Kristie Smith, Jessica Speechley, Whitney Hillier and amateur Minjee Lee.

Whitney Hillier on the rage in the lead up to the Ladies Masters

Smith and Speechley will be looking to improve on their top 20 placings at last weeks NZ Open, where both players were plagued by a poor final round that saw them slide down the standings.

At Heritage Golf Club in Melbourne, the PGA Tour of Australasia gets underway with the Victorian PGA Championship with Daniel Fox, Kim Felton and Brody Ninyette playing as WA’s representatives.

On the PGA Tour, Queenslander Jason Day is the favourite to take out this weekends Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Day’s string of recent high finishes, including a T2 at Torrey Pines, has him the bookies favourite to earn his first PGA title since 2010.

Also in the field is Greg Chalmers, who pocketed $102,000 last week at the Phoenix Open with a T15 finish, as well as Aaron Baddeley, Rod Pampling, Geoff Ogilvy and Stuart Appelby.