ISPS Handa Vic Open Betting Tips & Handicapping Free Plays

by Feb 5, 2019Golf

Matchup at a Glance

Course: 13th Beach Golf Links

Location: Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Date & Time: Wednesday, Feb. 6 – 9, 2019 

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The pro’s of the Euro Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia will end up together in Geelong, Victoria, Australia this week for the ISPS Handa Vic Open.  

The ISPS Handa Vic Open or Victorian Open is normally held each year in February with the winner taking home their share of $1.5 million dollars.  

This tournament is played concurrent with the women’s Victorian Open, however for purposes of this article, we will focus on the men only.  

13th Beach Golf Links Course Details

The Victorian Open will take place at the 13th Beach Golf Links.  The tournament will be played on the Beach Course and the Creek Course spread out over 4 days.  One thing to be aware of is there are not a lot of big named golfers in this tournament.

Many golfers do not like the big crowds of people on the course and in this particular tournament, you will have groups of men and women golfing at the same time, 315 players in all, playing golf over the first two rounds.  

There are multiple cuts to be made here at the Victorian Open.  There will be the normal cut after round 2 to get the tournament down to the top 65 golfers plus ties, and then again after round 3, which will bring the tournament down to 35 golfers plus ties.  The final day of golf will wrap up on the Beach Course, which is the newest golf course on the site.

The Beach Course was designed by Tony Cashmore in and is a 6,796-yard course that features some really tough greens. They are long, firm, fast and tricky and will without a doubt cause major headaches this week, especially with the winds coming off the ocean.  

Everyone that plays this course says the same thing, which is that the winds and mother nature is the biggest factor on the course and cause it to play much tougher than it should.  

The Creek Course was designed by Sir Nick Faldo and Tony Cashmore and is the longer of the two courses at 6,949 yards and brings a much different style of play. The Creek Course is mainly designed with difficult to read fairways, that have plenty of undulation.  

The fairways at the Creek Course are surrounded by fescue grass and have plenty of humps and bumps to create those difficult ending areas.  The Creek Course also features several really hard to judge and deep bunkers. These bunkers surround the greens, making the course the more difficult of the two.  

Vic Open System Attributes

Probably one of the first things you should consider is that that past 21 winners of this tournament have been from either Australia or New Zealand.  The last player to win this tournament, not from the country down under, would be Patrick Burke in 1994, from the United States.

You're also going to want to look for golfers that can play well in windy conditions.  I expect we will see strong winds coming off the coast and that means we need golfers that can adjust to these windy conditions.  

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ISPS Handa Vic Open Golfers

Lucas Herbert at +1800 for 1 ½ units at WagerWeb

Herbert took last week off and I think that will do him some good. He finished in 7th place at the Omega Dhabi HSBC Championships so he is in great form, and has decent course history here at Vic Open.  He bypassed this tournament last year but finished in 6th place in 2017. With his form being strong and having some really good course history, I think he is without a doubt one of the top favorites of the field to win this one.  

 

Justin Harding at +2500 for 1 unit at BetDSI

Our favorite play this week at the ISPS Handa Vic Open is Justin Harding.  Harding has been playing really good golf lately and ended up Top 11 in both of his last two tournaments.  Harding finished 11th at the Saudi International and 7th at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Harding is not from Australia or New Zealand, which sort of scares me and this is the first time he has ever played here but I truly think the South African is playing some of the best golf of his career and sets up nice for a win!

 

Scott Hend at +3500 for 1 unit at GTBets

Hend will be playing on his home field and coming in off a 6th place finish at the Saudi International. He played really well and should do decently here with some momentum. He is from Townsville, which basically makes him the home favorite. This will actually be his first time playing here at the Vic Open and I think he will play great golf this week.  

 

Ben Eccles at +6600 for 1 unit at MyBookie

Eccles has really strong course history and form coming into the ISPS Handa Vic Open.  He finished in 6th place in his last tournament, the Australian PGA Championship, and played really well there.  He has made the cut in 4 straight and in those 4 tournaments, has finished 6th, 6th, 12th and 56th! When it comes to course history, he has a 3rd, 5th, 5th, 30th and 36th place finish the past 5 times he has played here.  Sign me up for some Eccles this week!

 

Steven Jeffress at +12500 for ¼ unit at Intertops

Jeffress is my favorite longshot on the board.  Why he is a longshot like this, is a mystery to me because he really doesn’t belong being at these odds. To start out, Jeffress has finished inside the Top 30 in 6 of his last 7 golf tournaments.  He is coming in off a 17th place finish at the BNI Indonesian Masters and has since taken a nice absence to rest up. He will make his 2019 debut this week at Vic Open, where he finished in 5th place last year.  

 

Ashley Chesters at +12000 for ¼ unit at MyBookie

As I was doing my research this week, I came across Ashley Chesters, who I admittedly had no idea who he was.  When I started digging into his style of play and where he has had success, it really intrigued me. By the time I was done, I was all in on Chesters. He missed the cut last week at Saudi International, finished 67th at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and missed the cut at Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship so you’re probably asking “Why do you like him” well, if you look at the courses where the wind plays a factor and you look at the courses where they require good approach shots, this kid thrives!  He finished 4th at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters, 9th at the Made In Denmark and 7th at the Shot Clock Masters, all three of which are very similar styles that he will face this week. I’m not saying you go crazy on Chesters but he deserves a good long look at, especially at these odds.

 

Blake Proverbs at +16000 for ¼ unit at MyBookie

Proverbs has three top 10’s in his last 5 starts. He finished in 4th place at the Nexus Risk TSA Group WA Open, 8th the following week at the Isuzu Queensland Open and 9th the week following at the AV Jennings NSW Open.  He has since missed the cut and placed 40th but taken some time off to recover. I look for him to make a big showing in his 2019 debut and at these odds, you have to at least consider him.

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