The New Zealand Open tees off in Christchurch tomorrow.
APNZ's Daniel Richardson takes a look at five players in the
field to keep an eye on.
Mark Brown (NZ), TAB odds: $9. The Lower Hutt man
finished in a tie for third in last weekend's Australian
Masters and is a former winner on the European Tour. He will
start the week as one of the joint favourites and is a good
chance to be in the mix on Sunday given his current form.
Peter O'Malley (Australia), TAB odds: $30. O'Malley is
one of the most recognisable figures in this year's Open
field and won the event in 1995. The 47-year-old has scaled
back his playing commitments but likes the wind and a breezy
Clearwater course, where he has won before, could be just his
Nick Cullen (Australia), TAB odds: $9. Cullen is one
of the other joint favourites alongside Brown and Kiwi
Michael Hendry. The South Australian won his first tournament
on the OneAsia Tour this year when triumphed at the
Indonesian Open in March and the world No 383 will be a
contender this week.
Josh Geary (NZ), TAB odds: $30. Geary had a rough year
in the United States as he tried to find his feet this season
but could barely get a start on the web.com tour. Geary has
been the best-placed Kiwi in the New Zealand Open for the
past four years running and there must be some interest him
with the punters as he has backed in to $30 to win the event
after opening at $50.
Jake Higginbottom (Australia), TAB odds: $30. The
19-year-old is a highly-promising amateur who finished in
share of 10th place at the Australia Masters in Melbourne
last weekend. Higginbottom was the leading amateur at
Clearwater last year when he finished in a tie for 22nd.