Date: November 22, 2017
Author: Golf Australia

Our expert tips…


Mike Clayton – Fromer pro and course designer

1. Smith – great wedge game for a course with lots of wedges.
2. Spieth – he misses that putt this year.
3. Ogilvy – always there.
Smokey: Luck.

Comment: Better than all the other smokeys my a long way. Creative, inventive and attitude.

Martin Blake – Golf writer

1. Jason Day
2. Cameron Smith
3. Jordan Spieth
Smokey: Rod Pampling

Comment: Day wants the Stonehaven Cup on his list of achievements, having missed so many Opens. His form is improving and he can monster this course.

Stacey Peters – Pro and GA high performance manager

1. Cam Smith
2. Geoff Ogivly
3. Jordan Speith

Smokey: Richard Green

Comment: Green has had a rough year- hasn’t got much to lose this week, missed European Card so maybe thinking about not playing as much. I'm sure he will be just looking to have a fun week back home!

John Huggan – Golf Writer

1. Spieth
2. Smith
3. Blixt

Smokey: Griffin

Bree Laughlin – 7 golf presenter

1. Spieth
2. Day
3. Cam Smith

Smokey: Scrivener. Coming off the back of a win at the NSW Open I think he will be full of confidence coming into the week.

Andy Maher – Sports broadcaster

1. Jason Day
2. Jordan Spieth
3. Curtis Luck

Roughie: Matthew Griffin

Boring, I know, but clearly the two best players in the field and they should fight it out. So many hungry young Australians in the field, hoping one can stick their nose in the frame on Sunday.

Scott Gullan – Sports writer

1. Rod Pampling
2. Jordan Spieth
3. Greg Chalmers

Roughie: Brett Rumford

Adam White – Sports broadcaster

1 – Jordan Spieth
2 – Rod Pampling
3 – Cameron Smith

Outsider: Matt Griffin

Jordan is clearly the one to beat. He's already won here at The Australian and I'd trust him above any player in the world on the back nine on Sunday.

Mark Hayes – Golf Australia media manager

1. Cameron Smith: red hot in Asia recently; busting a gut to go one better than his playoff loss last year.
2. Jordan Spieth: Form line in Australia is 1-2-1. Hard to ignore.
3. Lucas Herbert: starting to find himself in the big time.

Roughie: Takumi Kanaya. The Japanese amateur is an absolute jet in the making.

Daniel Harford – ex-AFL player and sports broadcaster

1. Day. Has had this on the agenda for a long time and needs to tick it off. Ready
2. Pampling.  Crafty campaigner that will outthink the others here.
3. Smith. Would love him to win it, but think his time will still come.

Roughie: Matt Griffin

Mark Allen – ex-pro and sports broadcaster

1. Jordan Spieth… simply too good for them. Comes down here to win.
2. Cameron Smith… hungry. Our next star.
3. Ogilvy… He’s in a good place and I’m told hitting them nicely.

Smokey – Min Woo Lee. Why not… has all the tools.