2019 ISPS Handa Vic Open Preview
The European Tour will tread new ground this week.
For the first time in the organization’s history, both the men’s and women’s editions of the ISPS Handa Vic Open will take place concurrently at the same venues. They are playing for different trophies, but the groups will play alternately at the two host courses.
There will be a cut made after 36 holes, and another after 54, to ensure that the tournament doesn’t get out of hand.
If that sounds rather chaotic then you’d be right, and when you factor in the strong winds blowing in off the ocean – and the likelihood of time spent looking for lost balls – it could be a long old four days for all involved.
Lucas Herbert of Australia takes his second shot on hole seventeen during Day Three of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club on January 26, 2019 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
That’s perhaps one of the reasons why the sport’s big names have opted to give this one a swerve, with local lads Lucas Herbert, Jason Scrivener and Scott Hend taking top billing.
They will have to tame two courses down in Victoria, Australia at the 13th Beach Links Club. The Beach Course will host one of the opening rounds and then both at the weekend. Playing at a short 6,795 yards for its Par 72, this is a Links-looking layout that will actually play like more of your classic Australian sandbelt courses, even if it is located right down on the south coast of the country.
The Creek Course will host the opening two rounds on a rotational basis, and this is another sub-7000 yard Par 72 where the fairways are generous in proportion but with stiff penalties should you land in the rough or bunker.
It’s a unique event and one where the players will have to overcome physically and mentally taxing conditions. The weather suggests there could be strong winds and stormy rain showers, and with the guys and gals out on the course for a long time this Vic Open may descend into a battle of will, as much as a test of golf.
Nevertheless, here’s the six we’re drafting for the ISPS Handa Vic Open.
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