2018 Australian PGA Championship: Latest course and form guides for the Gold Coast

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Jason Scrivener blasts out of a bunker en route to finishing tied-third in Hong Kong
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Royal Pines hosts this week's Australian PGA Championship. Before placing your bets, take a peek at our latest form stats, compiled by Andy Swales...

"American Harold Varner returns for a fourth straight year. The man from Ohio is a former winner at Royal Pines where his worst finish is sixth. He’s also started the new PGA Tour season in good knick, posting four top-25 finishes from five starts."

With just a few weeks remaining of 2018, the European Tour makes a quick fire visit Down Under for the Australian PGA Championship in Queensland.

Not unsurprisingly, there are few top-200 ranked European-based pros making the journey to the Gold Coast, where Australians and New Zealanders far outnumber competitors from other parts of the world.

With the exception of Adrian Otaegui, no other European inside the world's top 150 will be teeing-up at RACV Royal Pines on Thursday.

The 26-year-old remains in Oz, having helped Spain finish a disappointing 21st at last week's World Cup of Golf in Melbourne.

This will be the fourth PGA Championship to be co-sanctioned by the Australasian and European Tours.

Home Hopes

Australia's challenge will be led by Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith who joined forces at The Metropolitan Club to finish in a tie-for-second at the World Cup.

Smith is the defending champion, while world No 21 Leishman was fourth 12 months ago.

The rapidly-improving Lucas Herbert should also be a threat on the Gold Coast where Jason Scrivener will be full of confidence following his podium finish in Hong Kong on Sunday.

Former Champion

American Harold Varner returns for a fourth straight year. The man from Ohio is a former winner at Royal Pines where his worst finish is sixth.

He's also started the new PGA Tour season in good knick, posting four top-25 finishes from five starts.

And if you are searching for an in-form, but lower-ranked Anzac, to put your money on then Jake McLeod and Matthew Millar might be worth a look.

The latter has registered four top-five finishes during the past seven weeks on the Australasian Tour.

Another in-form golfer is American Sean Crocker who graduated from the Challenge Tour earlier this month.

Plenty Of Water

Under the guidance of former Tour pro Graham Marsh, RACV Royal Pines was given a major re-design during 2014 and 2015.

The Bermuda grass greens are well-contoured on a course that is generally flat, but has water coming into play on 13 holes.

Located around 50 miles south of Brisbane, Royal Pines is laid out approximately three miles from the coast where the average temperature at this time of year is close to 75°F.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List contains leading reserves

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W47 W46 W45 W44 W43 W42 W41 W40 W39 W38 W37 W36
Marc Leishman 18 1 21 41
Cameron Smith 10 54 7 22 20 65
Adrian Otaegui 4 16 3 62 MC MC 24 MC
Lucas Herbert 49 35 35 3 7 2 28
Ryan Fox 45 50 23 30 MC 24 27 MC 30
Cameron Davis 40 48 28 MC 17 3 MC
Gaganjeet Bhullar 46 27 26 26 8
Dimitrios Papadatos 2 9 Dq 42 50 MC 37 2
Harold Varner 23 6 15 MC 14
Jake McLeod 3 1 39 MC 48
Troy Merritt 23 57 54 4
Wade Ormsby 36 30 16 47 52 29 MC 20 MC
Andrew Johnston MC 27 43 22 48 34 MC 35
Sean Crocker 5 3 3 17 3
Gavin Green 57 47 52 9 MC MC MC 12
Jason Scrivener 3 16 23 54 22 MC 24 12 15 MC
Renato Paratore 27 30 MC MC 32 27 36 MC
Matthew Millar 5 14 5 3 4
Scott Hend 9 68 66 MC MC MC Wd 45
Anthony Quayle MC 18 54 37 38 23 21 64
Robert MacIntyre 57 6 2 47 4 MC MC 20
Marcus Fraser MC 4 29 48 10 MC
Adam Bland 52 54 MC MC 46 MC
Nick Taylor MC 36 26 53
Daan Huizing 3 MC 21 MC 41
Mink Yu Kim 21 26 62 20 MC
Connor Syme 58 MC MC 57 MC
Daniel Nisbet MC MC 14 MC MC 29 Wd MC
Oliver Farr 22 9 MC MC MC MC
Tom Murray 25 MC 15 MC 2 4
Austin Connelly 9 MC 42 MC MC 11 45
Michael Hendry 31 53 17 32 65 MC 60 MC 37
Matthew Griffin 38 MC 28 13 9 16 17 48 20
Jae-Woong Eom 38 49 20 1 19
Harrison Endycott 28 9 27 10 4 2
Ricardo Gouveia 20 16 9 MC 7 MC MC
Jonathan Thomson 70 MC MC 15 MC
Jordan Zunic 45 1 15 MC
Ryan Evans 42 Wd MC MC MC MC
Nick Cullen MC MC 12
Marco Iten 13 16 32 2 53 MC 17
Ye Chun Yuan 35
Curtis Luck MC MC MC 50 MC 8 24
Ewen Ferguson 35 10 15 38 13 26 Wd
Steven Jeffress 23 26 3 10 16 59 MC MC
Simon Hawkes 60 43 16
Mark Brown MC MC 14
Jack Senior 6 MC 15 31 10 26 12
Rhein Gibson 73 MC 2 MC 43
Michael Hoey 22 18 26 MC Wd 5
Josh Younger MC 3 20 14 21 13
James Morrison MC MC 71 56 MC MC 56
Jason Norris MC MC 50 8 MC MC 56 MC MC
Ben Eccles 56 12 6 MC
David Bransdon MC 29 MC 40 52 MC 40 8
Henric Sturehed MC MC 73 MC
Aaron Pike 13 18 8 1
Cameron John MC 2 54 9 8
Matthew Nixon 8 44 46 MC
James Nitties 60 MC MC MC 33
Jun-Seok Lee 8 37 2 12 19
Deyen Lawson 30 MC 28
Sam Brazel 30 MC MC MC 28 MC
Terry Pilkadaris 57 17 MC 31 34 MC
Jarryd Felton 34 26 MC 23 23 MC MC 73
Ross McGowan 40 35 MC 48 63 53 12
Alexander Knappe MC MC MC 40 41
Damien Jordan MC MC MC 4 23
Nicolai Tinning
James Marchesani 68 59 28 12 MC MC
Jake Higginbottom 9 MC 35 47 11 18 47
Greg Chalmers MC
Daniel Gale MC 26 MC MC
Geoff Ogilvy
Gareth Paddison 17 52 8 16 30
Max McCardle 13 35 18 16
Rod Pampling 56 66 41
Zach Murray MC 20 1
Ashley Hall MC 18 MC MC
Adam Blyth MC 62 5 57 MC MC MC
David McKenzie MC 6
Duncan Stewart MC 38 MC MC MC
John Senden 5 72 MC* MC 43
Daniel Fox 50 58 54 26 29
Michael Wright MC 14 5 MC 29
Cormac Sharvin MC MC 53 4
Cory Crawford MC MC 20
Jack Wilson MC 62 MC 7 37 MC
Ryan Chisnall MC 26 14 2
Matthew Stieger 28 MC 6 62
Dale Brandt-Richards MC MC MC 16 MC 61
Jordan Mullaney MC 6 20 4 45
Brett Rankin 60 MC 4 MC
Darren Beck 45 18 MC MC 11
Daniel Pearce 60 MC 34
Craig Ross
Braden Becker 34 MC 34 MC 29
David Smail
Hugues Joannes MC
Josh Geary MC 56 28 66
Richard Green MC
Jack Munro 66 62 MC MC MC
Adam Burdett MC 62 16
Aron Price MC MC
Matthew Guyatt MC 64
Peter Wilson 34 26 16
Tim Stewart MC MC 28 MC
Kieran Muir 52 72 34 16 37
Peter Cooke 17 MC 28 16 33
Troy Moses 66 24 14 54 8
Rick Kulacz MC MC 54 14 4
Stephen Allan 23 MC
Zi Hao Chen 55
Aaron Townsend MC MC MC
Taylor MacDonald 68 35 45 MC 55
Frazer Droop 53 4
Brad Moules 34 43 28 40 39
Mathew Perry 56 MC MC
Robert Allenby 52
Nick Flanagan MC MC 23
Rory Bourke MC 67 MC MC MC
Tim Hart MC 24 34 16 39
Clement Berardo
Adam Stephens 45 MC 20
Antonio Murdaca Wd 20 MC MC
Nathan Green 68 59
Matt Jager 28 43 34 MC
Aaron Cockerill MC
Aaron Wilkin 40 35 16
Peter O`Malley MC MC
Peter Senior MC
Mitchell A Brown MC
Mathew Goggin MC 35 45
Ben Clementson MC MC MC 40 23
Chris Duke
Scott Laycock 16
Ryan Lynch MC 26 43 MC MC
Anthony Marchesani MC 71 MC MC MC
RubenSondjaja 40 26 39
Daniel Gavins
Harry Ellis MC MC MC
David Boote MC
David Cooke MC 25 MC 14
Sam Lee MC MC MC 66 48
Dale Williamson MC MC MC 40 37
Paul Maddy 53 28 33 40
Robin Dawson MC MC
Alex Edge MC MC 39 31 55
James Anstiss 60 MC 51 MC
Chris Wood (Aus) 47 8 40 39
Player 2017 2016 2015
Marc Leishman 4 21
Cameron Smith 1 15 5
Adrian Otaegui
Lucas Herbert 7 MC
Ryan Fox 55 9 28
Cameron Davis 45
Gaganjeet Bhullar
Dimitrios Papadatos MC MC 6
Harold Varner 6 1 2
Jake McLeod 11 25 MC
Troy Merritt
Wade Ormsby 9 MC MC
Andrew Johnston
Sean Crocker 7
Gavin Green
Jason Scrivener 15 62 28
Renato Paratore
Matthew Millar 71 72 6
Scott Hend 10
Anthony Quayle
Robert MacIntyre
Marcus Fraser MC MC 48
Adam Bland 3
Nick Taylor
Daan Huizing
Mink Yu Kim
Connor Syme
Daniel Nisbet 20 62 18
Oliver Farr 24 21
Tom Murray
Austin Connelly
Michael Hendry 24 MC
Matthew Griffin MC 40 9
Jae-Woong Eom
Harrison Endycott MC
Ricardo Gouveia
Jonathan Thomson
Jordan Zunic 2 45 9
Ryan Evans 50 62
Nick Cullen 31 38
Marco Iten MC
Ye Chun Yuan
Curtis Luck 11 MC
Ewen Ferguson
Steven Jeffress
Simon Hawkes
Mark Brown 20 MC MC
Jack Senior
Rhein Gibson 24 15 44
Michael Hoey MC
Josh Younger 50 MC 44
James Morrison
Jason Norris 45 31 MC
Ben Eccles 41 45 38
David Bransdon 4 MC
Henric Sturehed
Aaron Pike 68 21
Cameron John
Matthew Nixon MC
James Nitties 30 45 53
Jun-Seok Lee 45
Deyen Lawson MC MC 65
Sam Brazel 37 15
Terry Pilkadaris MC
Jarryd Felton 30 40
Ross McGowan
Alexander Knappe 41
Damien Jordan 62
Nicolai Tinning
James Marchesani 58
Jake Higginbottom
Greg Chalmers 11 45 MC
Daniel Gale
Geoff Ogilvy
Gareth Paddison MC
Max McCardle MC 76 28
Rod Pampling 11 15 MC
Zach Murray
Ashley Hall MC 4 28
Adam Blyth MC MC MC
David McKenzie MC 48
Duncan Stewart MC MC
John Senden 6 48
Daniel Fox 58 MC 59
Michael Wright 58 MC 18
Cormac Sharvin
Cory Crawford MC MC
Jack Wilson 20 MC 62
Ryan Chisnall
Matthew Stieger
Dale Brandt-Richards 30
Jordan Mullaney
Brett Rankin 30 MC 53
Darren Beck MC MC
Daniel Pearce MC
Craig Ross
Braden Becker
David Smail MC
Hugues Joannes
Josh Geary 62 MC 21
Richard Green 41 40 6
Jack Munro 24
Adam Burdett
Aron Price MC MC 21
Matthew Guyatt MC
Peter Wilson MC
Tim Stewart
Kieran Muir MC
Peter Cooke MC 48
Troy Moses MC
Rick Kulacz MC
Stephen Allan MC
Zi Hao Chen
Aaron Townsend
Taylor MacDonald 62 MC
Frazer Droop MC
Brad Moules MC MC
Mathew Perry
Robert Allenby MC 31 MC
Nick Flanagan
Rory Bourke 41 MC 9
Tim Hart MC
Clement Berardo
Adam Stephens 45 9
Antonio Murdaca MC
Nathan Green MC 35
Matt Jager
Aaron Cockerill
Aaron Wilkin MC
Peter O`Malley MC 80 MC
Peter Senior 37 MC
Mitchell A Brown MC MC
Mathew Goggin MC 45 9
Ben Clementson
Chris Duke MC
Scott Laycock MC
Ryan Lynch MC MC
Anthony Marchesani
RubenSondjaja
Daniel Gavins
Harry Ellis
David Boote
David Cooke
Sam Lee
Dale Williamson
Paul Maddy MC
Robin Dawson
Alex Edge MC
James Anstiss
Chris Wood (Aus) 71 MC
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