The triple crown is complete for another year but the golf continues in Australia as the PGA tour heads to the Riverside Oaks Golf Resort in Sydney. This year’s NSW PGA Championship has attracted a strong field as there is plenty on the line - not least final standings, which will impact on their opportunities next year. With $110,000 up for grabs as well as the future of many players in the field we expect to see a very close tournament.
Our best bet for the weekend is Melbourne-born James Nitties. The World no.485 won his first event since 2011 in New Caldeonia a couple of months back and since then he has posted decent showings in the Fiji International and the Australian Open. In his last few competitions he’s been a bit of a slow starter, losing ground on the leaders in the early rounds, but he’s got the talent to beat this field if things go his way so is worth backing at $26.
NSW PGA Championship
Our next fancy is the Sydney-born Peter Lonard. Everyone knows Peter Lonard and most people will have thought Peter’s career was all but over. His best golf came in the early 2000’s, which included a couple of Australian Open wins and his recent record has been pretty inconsistent, which is shown by two top 10 finishes and two missed cuts in his last four events. If Lonard actually turns up he’s well worth backing at $51, which is overs for a player who has T9 in the Australian PGA Championship and T4 in the NSW Open Championship in the last few months.
NSW PGA Championship
Another player coming into the competition in good form is Todd Sinnott. Todd finished 8th in the Australian Open after hitting a very consistent four rounds. Sinnott had a great couple of rounds at the Australian PGA Championships but let himself down on the last two days and ended up finishing T28. The bookies are at odds about his prospects here, with Sportsbet pricing him at $15 and Unibet offering best odds of $23.
On a finishing note, the classy Peter Lonard looks overs at $41 to shoot the lowest round of the tournament.