Well, quite an unbelievable Sunday in Portugal adding to more personal woes but I'm not one to dwell on tales of balls and sticks so it's onwards to pastures new for the Perth International - the last event for guys to sneak into that top 110 for the closing stretch of the 2013 golf season.
Lake Karrinyup in Australia is the venue for the Perth International and having learned that Geoff Ogilvy had a hand in the course re-design in 2007 (not sure why he's teeing it up at the Shriners), it's no surprise then that there's plenty of room for maneuver from the tee, with slick greens equipped with run off areas placing the premium this week on approaches, and - to a lesser extent - scrambling. It's no coincidence that tee to green specialists BVP and Jason Dufner ran away from the Perth International field last year.
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Widely regarded as Australia's finest young talent, Nathan Holman recently finished a top amateur career by turning pro and has posted progressive finishes of T20-3 since then on the Australian Tour. Indeed Holman led after the first round of the Victorian PGA earlier in the year and has finished in the top 20 in his last five starts in Oz, which includes three top fives. "I'm feeling pretty confident and I'm ready to step out and win in my first week as a professional" is a recent quote from the youngster and this boy can mix it with the big boys. Holman is one to watch on home soil at 80/1 with Spreadex this week.
Mark Tullo comes in at a big price of 140/1 with Bet365. The Chilean has been noticeable early on in tournaments of late but has struggled to put four rounds together. Figures of 64-78-67 saw him just miss the three day cut at St.Andrews but he flew out of the blocks in Portugal again last week with an opening 66, eventually finishing 38th. His best recent finishes have come in lesser events such as a T2 in Madeira this year and a T2 in Russia back in 2012. Tullo posted top 25s in Cran and in Italy in far stronger fields and his game is simmering at the moment. Considering his fast starts of late, again the first round leader market also looks a potential bet (prices to follow).
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