Short of making the Australian Open into the Australians Only golf tournament might be the only route to prevent foreign invaders from dominating the proceedings. At the very least, Jordan Spieth is too young to be permitted to make the long journey every year and his prodigious talent poses a very real threat to Aussie veterans and up-and-comers alike, as Spieth’s recent victory proved to Cameron Smith.
Spieth is not just a threat to Aussies, however, as when his putting is on, he is as close to invincible as is possible to imagine. He needed only one opportunity to drain a victory-clinching three-metre in the first playoff hole that had seen a three-way tie at the conclusion of regulation play with Spieth, Smith and Ash Hall sharing the lead.
Aussie Matt Jones did win last year, but following Peter Senior’s win in 2012, the tournament has had a win by Irishman Rory McIllroy and two by Spieth.
Discounting South Africa’s Tim Clarke’s victory in 2008, Aussies had won 13 of 14 dating back to 1991.
If the recent departure from that trend is to be rectified, Smith, Adam Scott, Jason Day and several others are going to need to step up their games.