ISPS HANDA Vic Open 2020: Your course and current form guides

ISPS HANDA Vic Open 2020: The 13th Beach Club
The two courses at The 13th Beach Club are laid out on Victoria’s famous sand belt

Check out the form ahead of this week's event at The 13th Beach Club in the Australian state of Victoria. Words and stats by Andy Swales...

"Comparisons, between the three events staged recently on the Arabian Peninsula, and that taking place at Geelong this week, could hardly be greater. While the big money tournaments of the Middle East attracted some of golf's biggest stars, most of those teeing-up on Thursday are much lower ranked players."

After three weeks of high profile tournaments in the Middle East, the European Tour jets off to Australia for the less prestigious ISPS Handa Vic Open, in the port city of Geelong.

The tournament returns to The 13th Beach Club for an eighth successive year, and will once again be staged over the venue's two courses.

Running concurrently alongside this 72-hole, co-sanctioned, event is a four-round women's tournament which also makes use of both layouts.

For the opening two days, the golfers will play one round at each course - named Beach and Creek.

The closing 36 holes of both events will be contested over the Beach Course, where there will be a further cut at the end of round three.

Twelve months ago, the 54-hole chop reduced the size of the field to the top 35 players and ties.

The Vic Open is the first Australasian Tour event of the 2020 calendar year.

Low Grade Tournament

Just two members of the world's top 125 golfers are teeing-up in Victoria this week.

China's world No 79 Hao Tong Li is the highest ranked pro taking part, while Australia's Lucas Herbert makes a triumphant return to his homeland following his surprise victory in Dubai last month.

Three other Aussies who will scent the possibility of winning a European Tour title Down Under are Brad Kennedy, Wade Ormsby and Jason Scrivener. All three finished inside the top five at Geelong last year.

Ormsby ended 2019 by standing on the podium at the Australian PGA Championship, and then began the current year by winning on the Asian Tour.

Check out latest betting ahead of this week's ISPS Handa Vic Open

American John Catlin continues to impress outside of his own country. The 29-year-old from California has triumphed four times in Asia and, as the world No 182, stands every chance of taking another rung up the ladder this week.

Talent is spread fairly thinly in Victoria, which means South African Louis de Jager may fancy his chances of glory.

This event presents the perfect opportunity for one of Australia's aspiring young pros to make their breakthrough.

Travis Smyth, who turned 25 in December, could be that man and has opened his 2020 campaign with a brace of top 10s from three starts.

Huge Differences

Comparisons, between the three events staged recently on the Arabian Peninsula, and that taking place at Geelong this week, could hardly be greater.

While the big money tournaments of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia attracted some of golf's biggest stars, most of those teeing-up on Thursday are much lower ranked players.

There will also be a huge difference in weather conditions, from the desert surroundings of the Gulf States, to the more rugged links feel of Port Phillip Bay.

Both courses at The 13th Beach Club are laid out on Victoria's famous sand belt, which is home to many great golfing venues.

Built on the Bellarine Peninsula, the Beach Course - which opened for business in 2001 - has a definite links feel to it.

And like most coastal venues, those who wish to perform well here will have to show a deft touch around the greens.

The same applies to the Nick Faldo-designed Creek Course where water is more prevalent, although accuracy and a confident touch remains an equally vital ingredient for success.

Faldo's Creek layout is more inland than Beach but is still fairly close to the coast.

Neither venue is particularly long, although the greens are undulating and wind is likely to be a sizeable concern.

This will be the second time Victoria's state open has been part of the European Tour schedule. The first six instalments belonged solely to the Australasian Tour.

The 13th Beach Club is around 50 miles south-east of Melbourne.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W5 W4 W3 W2 W1 W52 W51 W50 W49 W48
Hao Tong Li 21 MC 41 2
Lucas Herbert 27 1 67 64 MC
Brad Kennedy 19 2 49
Wade Ormsby MC MC 51 1 3 27
Jason Scrivener 58 59 Wd 13
Ryan Fox 27 30 MC 27 21
John Catlin 2 16 22 39 21 43
Matthew Jordan MC MC 49
Darius Van Driel MC MC
Yikeun Chang 52 13
Sam Horsfield MC MC 12 62
Min Woo Lee MC 15 3 MC 3
Maverick Antcliff 52 13 44 21 3
Suradit Yongcharoenchai 9 MC 35 2 52
Louis De Jager 5 9 MC 41 4 MC
Sean Crocker 38 58 42 MC
Wil Besseling MC 3
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia 74 Wd 49 MC
Joel Sjoholm MC 26 2
Cormac Sharvin MC MC
Andrew Dodt 41 MC 8 MC 33 5
Connor Syme 52 22 9 11
Josh Younger MC MC MC 3 MC 1
Jake McLeod MC MC MC
Matthew Griffin 41 MC 19 Wd
Anthony Quayle 19 14 3
Ashley Chesters 56 MC 42 26
Josh Geary 27
David Law MC 50 69 MC 43 59
Lars Van Meijel MC 24
Travis Smyth 11 13 15 33 33 2
Dimitrios Papadatos 64 16 60
Hugo Leon MC MC
Robin Sciot-Siegrist MC 8 MC
Aaron Pike MC MC MC 3 MC
Sami Valimaki 51 64 MC
Dale Whitnell MC 64 MC
Denzel Ieremia MC 10 5 6
Niklas Lemke MC 69
Michael Hendry MC 2 46 MC
Zach Murray 21 36 MC MC
Hideto Tanihara Wd
Matthew Millar Wd 15
Rikard Karlberg 57
Benjamin Poke MC MC MC MC 36
Dave Coupland 45 MC
Dylan Perry MC 57 MC 18
Marcus Fraser MC 41 MC 26 15
David Bransdon MC MC 16 58
Jonathan Caldwell 57 14
Nick Voke 44 20
Jarryd Felton 62 MC 52 MC
Darren Beck MC 21 15
Terry Pilkadaris MC 7 54 45 65
Brett Rankin 10 33 20
Andrew Martin 28 MC MC 52 7
Nick Flanagan 3 MC MC
Campbell Rawson MC 33 MC
James Marchesani MC 21 7
Tom Power Horan 22 MC 29
Aaron Cockerill 27 MC MC
Janne Kaske 42 MC 35 57 MC MC
Cameron John MC MC 35
Kade McBride MC MC 58
Daniel Fox MC MC MC MC 51
Alejandro Canizares MC 33 MC 24
Steven Jeffress 22 33 MC
Garrick Porteous MC 11
Jordan Zunic 54 15
Daniel Nisbet Wd MC 41 64 46
Blake Proverbs MC 33 MC
David Micheluzzi MC 65 69 MC 33 MC
Nick Cullen 15 33 29
Blake Windred 36 16 46
Cory Crawford MC 16 29
Kevin Yuan
Brady Watt 22 MC 35
Ben Eccles MC 45 10
Peter Cooke MC 58 65
Ashley Hall 36 MC MC
Michael Sim 68 29
Justin Warren MC 58 4
Taylor MacDonald 71 MC MC
Gareth Paddison MC MC MC MC
Brett Rumford 66 15 33 MC
Daniel Gale 52 54 42
Ryan Chisnall 44 46 MC
Richard Green 61 13 MC
Max McCardle MC MC 10
Harry Bateman 36 MC MC
Peter Lonard MC 27 10
Stephen Allan 27 16 55
Matthew Stieger 27 58 MC
Shae Wools Cobb MC
David Smail MC
Blake Collyer MC 67
Matt Jager MC MC 55
Jason Norris 47 52 MC 20
Douglas Klein MC 20
Luke Brown MC
Peter Wilson MC 15
Dale Brandt-Richards MC 64 MC
Scott Arnold 33 MC
Aaron Townsend MC MC 20
Robert Hogan
James Anstiss 57 27 35
Daniel Hillier 36 MC
Andrew Evans MC MC
Luke Toomey
Charlie Dann MC 35
Geoff Ogilvy MC
Lincoln Tighe MC MC 51
Simon Hawkes 49 MC 20
Callan O`Reilly MC 58
James Nitties MC MC MC
Peter O`Malley MC MC MC
Nick O`Hern MC MC
Anthony Marchesani
Peter Fowler 54
Andre Lautee
Jediah Morgan MC
Louis Dobbelaar 66
Ching-Hung Su
Quinton Howe
James Grierson
Jay Mackenzie 69
Dale Williamson MC 46
John Lyras
Josh Clarke
Linus Yip
Matthew Dowling
Martin Dive MC MC
Hyun Sik Kong
Ryan Woodward
Chang Gi Lee 70 MC
Ryan McCarthy
Liu Yung Hua
Hsu Yu-Cheng
Josh Armstrong MC
James Gibellini
Tim Hart MC
Andrew Schonewille MC 35
Robbie Morrison 46
Chan Choi
Player 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Hao Tong Li
Lucas Herbert MC* 6 33 56 MC 46
Brad Kennedy 2 19
Wade Ormsby 2 MC
Jason Scrivener 5 11 MC MC
Ryan Fox MC* 20 MC MC
John Catlin
Matthew Jordan
Darius Van Driel
Yikeun Chang
Sam Horsfield
Min Woo Lee MC 6
Maverick Antcliff MC* MC
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
Louis De Jager MC*
Sean Crocker
Wil Besseling
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia
Joel Sjoholm
Cormac Sharvin MC
Andrew Dodt MC*
Connor Syme MC*
Josh Younger MC 7 MC MC 29 15
Jake McLeod MC
Matthew Griffin 33 MC* 18 11 25 1 14
Anthony Quayle MC 3 MC
Ashley Chesters 12
Josh Geary MC MC* 5 25 40
David Law 1
Lars Van Meijel
Travis Smyth MC MC MC MC*
Dimitrios Papadatos MC
Hugo Leon MC*
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
Aaron Pike MC* MC* MC MC MC
Sami Valimaki
Dale Whitnell
Denzel Ieremia
Niklas Lemke MC
Michael Hendry MC* MC 15 MC* MC
Zach Murray Dq 24 MC 31 50 MC
Hideto Tanihara
Matthew Millar MC MC MC* 2 6 MC
Rikard Karlberg
Benjamin Poke
Dave Coupland
Dylan Perry MC* MC* MC*
Marcus Fraser 17
David Bransdon 5 MC* 6 38 38 44 14
Jonathan Caldwell
Nick Voke 13
Jarryd Felton 12 MC* MC* 26 MC MC
Darren Beck MC* 31 27 26
Terry Pilkadaris 24 4 10
Brett Rankin MC 33 MC MC
Andrew Martin MC* MC MC MC MC MC
Nick Flanagan 10 13
Campbell Rawson MC
James Marchesani MC MC* MC MC
Tom Power Horan MC 18 MC MC MC
Aaron Cockerill
Janne Kaske
Cameron John MC MC MC MC 62
Kade McBride MC
Daniel Fox MC 39 27 MC MC MC MC
Alejandro Canizares
Steven Jeffress 30 5 MC* MC* 25 6 28
Garrick Porteous
Jordan Zunic MC 7 MC MC MC
Daniel Nisbet 33 MC* MC 14 MC 46
Blake Proverbs MC 24 15 MC
David Micheluzzi 30 33 MC MC
Nick Cullen 24 7 18 MC 2 21 24
Blake Windred 12
Cory Crawford MC 3 MC MC* MC
Kevin Yuan
Brady Watt MC MC* MC
Ben Eccles MC 5 MC* 5 3 30 58
Peter Cooke MC* MC* MC MC 44
Ashley Hall MC* 7 MC* 38
Michael Sim MC* MC* 5 46 MC
Justin Warren
Taylor MacDonald MC* 19 MC* MC 54
Gareth Paddison MC 7 MC 33 6 56 MC
Brett Rumford 18
Daniel Gale MC
Ryan Chisnall MC 7
Richard Green MC* MC* 4 MC 1 10 14
Max McCardle MC* MC* 6 15 18 25 28
Harry Bateman MC MC* MC MC 44
Peter Lonard MC* MC* MC
Stephen Allan
Matthew Stieger 17 13 MC* MC 2
Shae Wools Cobb
David Smail MC MC*
Blake Collyer 33 MC MC
Matt Jager MC* 13 MC 56 MC
Jason Norris 22 32 26 20 35
Douglas Klein
Luke Brown
Peter Wilson 24 18 MC MC 30 21
Dale Brandt-Richards MC* MC MC MC
Scott Arnold MC* MC* MC* 3 40
Aaron Townsend 12 33 MC 14 35 6
Robert Hogan
James Anstiss 36 MC*
Daniel Hillier
Andrew Evans MC* MC MC MC* 49
Luke Toomey
Charlie Dann
Geoff Ogilvy 35
Lincoln Tighe MC MC 26 32 MC MC
Simon Hawkes MC 1 MC
Callan O`Reilly MC MC MC* MC 18 49
James Nitties MC* MC* MC MC
Peter O`Malley MC MC MC MC MC 10 10
Nick O`Hern MC
Anthony Marchesani MC
Peter Fowler MC MC* MC* MC
Andre Lautee MC* MC
Jediah Morgan
Louis Dobbelaar
Ching-Hung Su
Quinton Howe MC
James Grierson
Jay Mackenzie
Dale Williamson MC* MC 35
John Lyras
Josh Clarke
Linus Yip
Matthew Dowling
Martin Dive
Hyun Sik Kong
Ryan Woodward 49
Chang Gi Lee MC
Ryan McCarthy
Liu Yung Hua
Hsu Yu-Cheng
Josh Armstrong
James Gibellini 36 MC*
Tim Hart MC MC 15 MC
Andrew Schonewille MC MC 11 MC
Robbie Morrison
Chan Choi

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