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28 Nov 2022
Freetips staff 28 Nov 2022
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  • The ISPS Handa Australian Open takes place between 1-4 December
  • The tournament takes place at the Victoria Golf Club, Cheltenham, Victoria
  • Matt Jones is the defending champion
  • Our four selections who could win on Sunday
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Min Woo Lee is backed for victory (Getty Images)

The Australian Open has attracted a competitive field with Cameron Smith, Adam Scott and Ryan Fox headlining the event. Who will walk away with the honours come Sunday? 

Matt Jones is back to defend his title after victory in 2021 and will attempt to win the tournament for the third time. 

Past and present major winners in the lineup include Smith, Scott and Geoff Ogilvy. 

These are our four selections that could lift the trophy this weekend.

Min Woo Lee


Min Woo Lee has been in superb form in his last five tournaments, placing 3rd at the Open de Espana, 3rd at the Andalucia Masters, T8 at the Nedbank Golf Challenge, T12 at the DP World Tour Championship and T4 at the Australian PGA Championship.

Before that, the 24-year-old Australian could not find any rhythm on the golf course, with his best results being T35 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, T26 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, T14 at the US Masters, T27 at the US Open, T21 at the Open Championship, and T26 at the Albertsons Boise Open (Korn Ferry Tour).

He has played at this tournament three times, finishing T35 in 2016, T32 in 2017, and MC in 2019.

Lee has been placing high on the leaderboard in recent events and has a chance to secure the Australian Open this weekend. 

Cameron Davis


Cameron Davis has refound his touch in his last two tournaments, placing T13 at the CJ Cup in South Carolina and T7 at the Australian PGA Championship this past weekend.

Davis struggled earlier in the year, with his best performances being T10 at the Tournament of Champions, T27 at the Sony Open in Hawaii, T3 at the RBC Heritage and T7 at the Charles Schwab Challenge.

The Australian found form in July, placing T8 at the John Deere Classic, 6th at the Barracuda Championship, T16 at the 3M Open, T14 at the Rocket Mortage Classic, T13 at the FedEx St. Jude Championship and T35 at the BMW Championship.

The 27-year-old's last four results at the Australian Open are MC in 2016, victory in 2017, T40 in 2018, and T66 in 2019.

Davis comes into this tournament on the back of excellent displays and will fancy his chances to win at the Victoria Golf Club. 

Ryo Hisatsune


Ryo Hisatsune has been in excellent touch placing T4 at the ANA Open Golf Tournament, 4th at the Panasonic Open Golf Championship, T13 at the Vantelin Tokai Classic, T13 at the Genesis Championship, MC at the Japan Open Golf Championship, T12 at the International Series Morocco, and T2 at the Australian PGA Championship in seven appearances.

The Japanese golfer struggled at the beginning of the year before turning his season around in May.  

The 20-year-old finished T13 at the Asia Pacific Diamond Cup Golf, MC, T21 at the Mizuno Open, T9 at the BMW Japan Golf Tour Championship Mori Building Cup, T2 at the Aso Iizuka Golf Tournament, T13 at the Japan Players Championship, T7 at the Japan PGA Championship, T7 at the International Series Singapore, T32 at the Shigeo Nagashima Invitational Sega Sammy Cup and T9 at the Sansan KBC Augusta.

He is making his debut at the Australian Open.

Hisatsune went close at the Australian PGA Championship and will start with confidence he can win in Victoria this weekend. 

David Micheluzzi 


David Micheluzzi has had a splendid season on the PGA Tour of Australia, with his last five results being a victory at the CKB WA PGA Championship, T7 at the WA Open Golf Championship, T20 at the Victorian PGA Championship, T8 at the QLD PGA Championship, and 6th at the recent Australian PGA Championship.

Other notable finishes by the 26-year-old Australian this year include T17 at the TPS Victoria Hosted by Geoff Ogilvy, T5 at the Vic Open, T18 at the TPS Murray River, 6th at the TPS Sydney, T15 at the National PGA Classic and T10 at the NT PGA Championship.

He has featured at the Australian Open twice, placing T5 in 2018 and T33 in 2019.

Micheluzzi has been in excellent touch post his recent triumph on the golf course in October and can cause an upset this weekend. 
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Verdict

Lee has been knocking hard and has the game to win the third DP World Tour title of his career.

Davis comes into this event in excellent touch and can win his second Australian Open this weekend.

Hisatsune can convert his consistent form into a victory at the Victoria Golf Club.

Micheluzzi is holding form and is the long-shot value pick at the Australian Open.

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