Australian PGA Championship: Three to play in the First Round Leader market

Australian Wade Ormsby
Aussie local Wade Ormsby can start fast
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Dave Tindall looks at the opening round of the Australian PGA Championship and has three picks to make a fast start...

"Ormsby twice held the first-round lead on the European Tour in 2017 and they were in better fields than this."

Back Wade Ormsby each-way @ 40/1

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

Weather forecast for Royal Pines Resort, Queensland: It's a sunny start, middle and end to the golfing day with temperatures already in the early 20s for the opening tee-times and rising only a fraction. The winds will pick up a little in the afternoon but only from 6mph to 9mph so they're on the light side.

Strategy: There seems no clear advantage although the early starters will have smoother greens and just a hair less wind. I wouldn't be too put off if you have a fancy in the afternoon wave.

Wade in for Ormsby

As well as making a pleasing headline, Wade Ormsby holds plenty of appeal in the FRL market.

The local man was third after round one when finishing runner-up at Royal Pines Resort in 2014 and he returned to this venue last year to crack the top 10 again so it's a course he can score well on.

With six top 10s in 11 appearances, it's a tournament where he's consistently thrived and he returns in decent form with T16 at the Nedbank, T30 at the DP World Tour Championship and T36 in defence of his Hong Kong Open crown last week.

In terms of starting fast, Ormsby twice held the first-round lead on the European Tour in 2017 and they were in better fields than this.

He heads out in the second three-ball from the 1st tee (06:10 local) and holds plenty of appeal at 40/1.

Zunic can zap rivals on day one

Jordan Zunic is an interesting contender in the outright market this week but may find a couple of the big names too good.

However, for first-round leader he looks a great bet at 66/1.

The Aussie had a share of the lead after 18 holes here last year before finishing runner-up while he was third after R1 in the Queensland Open earlier this month before going on to lift the trophy.

In other words, he has both current and course form in this market and has the chance to get out there early and keep his good form going.

Zunich, who was also T9 in this event in 2015, tees off from the 10th tee at 06:40 local time.

Crocker looks dialled in

Sean Crocker may have missed the cut in Hong Kong last week but he actually shot a 66 on day two.

Prior to that he'd been tearing it up on the Challenge Tour with four top threes in seven starts before completing his campaign on the second tier with T5 at the Grand Final.

He started that run by taking the first-round lead at the Euram Bank Open and was also second through 18 holes of September's Kazakhstan Open.

He's worth a look on those grounds alone but as an added bonus the Zimbabwean-born American played here at Royal Pines last year and finished tied seventh.

Also fifth in the World Super 6 Perth earlier this year, he likes his trips to Australia and 50/1 for R1 leader is well worth a punt. Tee-time? 11:20 from the 1st.

Dave's 2018 R1 leader P/L (based on £5 ew per selection)

Staked: £990
Returned: £848.70
P/L: -£141.30

(After Hong Kong Open)

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