Australian Open Tips: Each-way selections for this week's event Down Under

Will Rhein 'Mr 55' Gibson go low this week?
Will Rhein 'Mr 55' Gibson go low this week?

We came within a few holes of a massive winner last week only for Rafa Cabrera-Bello to firmly press the self-destruct button. Will we enjoy better luck in Australia this time round? Here are our each-way picks for the Australian Open...

"It will be a major upset if someone like Griffin beats McIlroy and Scott, but he's one of a limited number in with a chance, and the place part of this each-way bet represents stonking value."

*Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 5 places

Dan Geraghty: Back Rhein Gibson @ 67.066/1

He may not be a household name, yet, but Rhein Gibson has the lowest round in golf history to his name (unless you believe the Kim Jong Un rumours). The Australian is not just a one round wonder, he has both recent form - Gibson finished last week's Australian Masters with a lowest-round-of-the-day 65 and recently advanced to the final stage of qualifying - and tournament form - he shot four under par rounds last year to finish fourth behind Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and John Senden. In a top heavy field, back Gibson to reach the places once more.

Paul Krishnamurty: Back Matthew Griffin @ 67.066/1

Time and again over the years, we've seen a select band of Aussies maintain form to either dominate their Triple Crown or at least register three high finishes in events that always lack strength in depth. Many of the usual suspects, however, are becoming rather long in the tooth and the torch is slowly being passed to a slightly younger generation. At 31, Matthew Griffin is no kid but he's gradually improved and become a regular contender in his homeland. His last four results in Australia read 5/4/3/1, with the last two in top, co-sanctioned, company. He also finished top-25 in all three championships last year, including fifth at the Masters. It will be a major upset if someone like Griffin beats McIlroy and Scott, but he's one of a limited number in with a chance, and the place part of this each-way bet represents stonking value.

Joe Dyer: Back Ryan Fox @ 81.080/1

Ryan Fox is enjoying an exceptional season with five of his six best career finishes coming in 2014 including his first professional win at last month's WA Open Championship. Four tournament appearances in Australia and New Zealand this year have yielded top-10s or better and the 27-year-old Kiwi has jumped from 580th in the world rankings to 353rd. Beyond Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and a handful of other big names at the top of the betting, finding information on much of this field is tough but that clear rise in form and his good play in Australasia is enough for me to take a chance on this son of former All Black Grant Fox at 80-1. 

Steven Rawlings: Back James Nitties @ 41.040/1

As Paul Krishnamurty points out you can't beat a bit of local knowledge in the season-ending Aussie events and Melbourne-born James Nitties has that in spades. The 32-year-old plays most of his golf on the Tour in the US but always return to his home country for the Triple Crown events where he is generally competitive. Nitties has particularly enjoyed his homecoming this year and arrives at the Australian Open in fine form, having finishing second at last week's Masters. He finished fifth the last time the Open was played at this week's host course, The Australian GC, so boasts some encouraging course form. McIlroy and Scott look immovable at the top of the betting but they are making the market for everyone else and Nitties is more than able to claim place money if not contend for the win. 

Mike Norman: Back John Senden @ 26.025/1

After Rafa Cabrera-Bello went from holding the outright lead standing on the 16th tee at last week's DP World Tour Championship to not even finishing in a place three holes later then you can perhaps understand that I'm a little deflated ahead of this week's event in Australia. Confidence is low but I must soldier on, and I need a reliable stalwart to help me out of a poor run. John Senden is therefore this week's chosen one. The consistent Aussie has a tremendous record in these 'Triple Crown' events, never finishing worse than 18th in his last nine starts including seven top-10 finishes. He won this very event in 2006 and has finished inside the top four at the Australian Open in three of the last four years. What's more, this week's revamped venue is set to suit, putting a high demand on accuracy - an attribute Senden excels at. His recent form on the PGA Tour is solid, he is ranked in the top 50 in the world (and not many in attendance here can say that), and barring the two market leaders he is arguably as good as anyone in this field on his day. He simply has to contend for a place come Sunday.

Season P/L (£5 e/w per selection)

Dan Geraghty: +£446.75
Paul Krishnamurty: +£246.25
Joe Dyer: -£10.00
Steve Rawlings: -£18.75
Mike Norman: -£348.75

Overall: +£315.50

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