Amongst a star-studded field at this week’s 2019 Australian Open, can local hope and world number 15 Adam Scott salute on home soil?

After missing the last two years, Adam Scott is back at the Australian Open. Teeing off on Thursday at 11:50am on Thursday alongside Sergio Garcia and Paul Casey, the Queenslander is the favourite to claim the crown at The Australian Golf Club this week. And just to top things off, Palmerbet is offering special odds of $12 for Scott to take home the Stonehaven Cup in Sydney.

Ten years on…

Scott won the Australian Open back in 2009 by five strokes and finished runner-up in both 2013 and 2015. In fact, in his 13 appearances at the event he has impressively finished in the top-five on six occasions. There’s no questioning his consistency in 2019, either. Scott was 11th in the WGC-HSBC Champions, his last tournament, and also finished in the top 20 in three of this year’s majors (he starts this week at $1.83 to finish inside the top-10 with Palmerbet). But the one blemish on his card is that he hasn’t won a tournament since 2016. Steady top-20 finishes have typified his game, but he hasn’t managed to snare a title in this time. Long considered one of the best swings in the game, Scott however is expected to be right in amongst it come Sunday afternoon.

Local threats

Scott isn’t the only Aussie to be fancied in the Australian Open field. World number 27 and 52 respectively Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith are both currently priced at $13 to take home the crown in Sydney this weekend. Jason Scrivener ($19), Matt Jones ($23) and Min Woo Lee ($26) round out the top 10. Leishman, who has trimmed down eight kilos, will also be playing alongside Scott (see below) in next week’s Presidents Cup.

International hopes

The Australian Open is no stranger to attracting big international talent. Jordan Spieth, Australian golf fans will remember, won the title in both 2014 and 2016. Rory McIlroy saluted here in 2013, and the great Jack Nicklas won it three times in the 70s. This year’s international field is no different. South African Louis Oosthuizen currently sits second-favourite at $9 with Palmerbet, ahead of Paul Casey – at world number 14 the highest-ranked player in the field – at $10. Last year’s winner Abraham Ancer is next at $13, alongside 2017 US Masters winner Sergio Garcia.

Presidents Cup

Scott wasn’t just in the news this week regarding the upcoming Australian Open. Ahead of next week’s long-awaited Presidents Cup, he has gone so far as to ask local crowds to not cheer for Tiger Woods at Royal Melbourne. Scott will lead the Ernie Els-captained international side against Woods’ Americans. The internationals are currently $3.75 with Palmerbet to take home the cup, hoping to win for the first time since 1998 (coincidently, also at Royal Melbourne). The Americans are currently a strong $1.33 favourite. Scott, as it turns out, is currently a sixth-favourite $17 chance to be the biennial tournament’s top combined point scorer.