ISPS Handa Vic Open: Green can get hot on the Beach

Australian Richard Green
Aussie Richard Green can put his local knowledge to good use

After places at 75/1 and 50/1 last week, Dave Tindall looks at the opening round of the ISPS Handa Vic Open and has three picks to make a fast start...

"Green won the 2015 Victorian Open here having just bought a property at the course. He's officially attached to 13th Beach so presumably knows this venue better than most."

Back Richard Green each-way @ 50/1

Each-way terms: 1/5 odds, 6 places

Weather forecast for 13th Beach, Victoria: There could be some patchy fog in the morning and a chance of showers while we could see t-storms and heavy rain in the afternoon. Winds pick up in the week but they look fairly light for Thursday's opener.

Strategy: It's tricky enough as it is this week and the weather adds to the difficulty! There are two layouts being played and R1 betting is available for each course. Jazz Janewattananond is 14/1 favourite to go lowest on the Beach Course while Jason Scrivener heads the betting at 11/1 for the Creek Course.

Go for Green

I won't pretend this is an easy betting week but let's at least try and use a bit of logic.

Richard Green won the 2015 Victorian Open here having just bought a property at the course. He's officially attached to 13th Beach so presumably knows this venue better than most.

As well as that victory, the left-hander cracked the top four in 2017.

Green was the first-round leader in 2015 and also in the top five after the opening lap two years ago.

Recent form isn't great but he did finish T14 in the co-sanctioned Fiji International in August and then opened with a 65 to lie fourth after day one of the Nordea Masters.

Remember, he's only got to win his section so avoids having to go up against Jason Scrivener, Lucas Herbert, Ryan Fox, Andrew Johnston and Scott Hend, who are all at the Creek Course.

Paddison a play

For the same reason, I'll steer clear of the Creek and head back to the Beach for a 66/1 punt on Gareth Paddison.

The Kiwi was T7 here last year and T6 in 2015 so obviously likes the venue.

He's been in the top five twice on day one in past Victorian Opens and T10 on another occasion. And, funnily enough, either side of the 2017 Victorian Open he was the first-round leader at both the Victorian PGA Championship and the New Zealand PGA Championship so he has some first-round pedigree.

More recently, Paddison was T10 following Thursday's play at November's Australian Open, eventually finishing T17.

Jump in for Jordan

Staying at the Beach Course, my final play is Jordan Zunic.

The youngster had the first-round lead at the co-sanctioned Aussie PGA Championship in 2017, finishing runner-up.

In November, Zunic won the Queensland Open after starting fast with a 67 to be third after R1.

As for this venue, he struggled initially but cracked the code last year when T7.

Again there was evidence of him being quick out of the blocks as he shot a 67 to finish tied eighth after the first day.

Take Zunic to be one of the star performers on the Beach at 40/1.

Dave's 2019 R1 leader P/L (based on £5 ew per selection)

Staked: £150
Returned: £102
P/L: -£48

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