$3m Victorian Open kicks off at 13th Beach
The Victorian Open format always seems a little bit unusual and the 2020 series has a few eyes turning.
Yes, the event is co-sanctioned with the European Tour and and the Ladies European Tour and offers all those trappings and spoils for the victors. Luckily a main sponsor also has returned thanks to ISPS Handa and 13th Beach Golf Links has been the regular host of this event.
David Law won the Men’s Vic Open last year (Credit: European Tour)
The women’s field is relatively strong and includes LPGA major winners and Hall of Fame members Inbee Park and Karrie Webb, alongside major champs So Yeon Ryu, Hannah Green, Jeongeun Lee6 and Stacy Lewis as well as Western Australian and Rolex Rankings top-10 player Minjee Lee.
Yet the Men’s field is lacking depth and littered with predominantly Australasian players who play the world’s secondary tours and have not turned many heads in the process.
Just two members of the world’s top-125 golfers are playing this week which is a shame compared to the women’s field.
China’s world No 79 Hao Tong Li is the highest ranked professional, while Australia’s Lucas Herbert will play following his stellar victory in Dubai last month.
But also keep an eye out for Brad Kennedy, Wade Ormsby and Jason Scrivener – all classy players who have knocked on the door of a European Tour win.
Travis Smyth is another who is due for a win and has opened his 2020 campaign with a string of top-10s from three starts on the Asian Tour.
As with last year, the men’s and women’s tournament are running concurrently this week starting tomorrow with the purse of $3,000,000 split equally between the men and women.
The two fields play simultaneously over the Beach and Creek Courses for the opening two rounds and there’s a 36-hole cut for the top-60 plus ties in each event.
On Saturday the action returns to 13th Beach and after a second cut Saturday, the top-35 players for both men and women contest for the championship.
Last year, Celine Boutier of France and David Law of Scotland took home the winner’s share from the equal $1.5 million purses.