Around the Tours: ISPS Handa Vic Open

Simon Hawkes & Minjee Lee
2018 Vic Open Champions Simon Hawkes & Minjee Lee pose with trophies. Credit: Vic Open Golf Australia

In a unique format, the ISPS Handa Vic Open makes its debut on both the European Tour and LPGA Tour, as both male and female professional golfers head Down Under.

Simon Hawkes & Minjee Lee
2018 Vic Open Champions Simon Hawkes & Minjee Lee pose with trophies. Credit: Vic Open Golf Australia

Here are five things to know:

  1. It’s one event for fans, but a separate championship for men (European Tour) and women (LPGA Tour), with each contested at 13th Beach Golf Links.
  2. The first two rounds will be contested on the Beach and Creek Courses, alternating men’s and women’s tee times.
  3. A 36-hole cut will reduce each field to the top 65 players (and ties) with third round contested only on the Beach Course.
  4. A 54-hole cut will further reduce each field to the top 35 (and ties) for the final round, also played on the Beach Course.
  5. A combined $2.2 million in prize funds and will be distributed equally, with $1.1 million (USD) allocated to each championship.

ISPS Handa Vic Open
Dates: Feb. 7-10, 2019
Where: Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Course: 13th Beach Golf Links (Beach and Creek)
Distance: Par 73/6625 yards (LPGA)/Par 72/6796 yards (EURO)
Architect: Tony Cashmore
Format: 72-holes, stroke play, 36-, 54-hole cut
Purse: $2,200,000 (USD)
Winning Share: $185,000 (USD)
2018 Winners: Minjee Lee (Women)/Simon Hawkes (Men)
Marquee Women: Paula Creamer, Georgia Hall, Brittany Lang, Minjee Lee, Karrie Webb, Pernilla Lindberg, Sarah Jane Smith, Mel Reid, and Charley Hull
Marquee Men: Paul Dunne, Andrew Johnston, Jason Scrivener, Simon Hawkes, Nicolas Colsaerts, Scott Hend, Jorge Campillo, Lucas Herbert, Ryan Fox, Geoff Ogilvy, Wade Ormsby, and Aaron Rai.


TV COVERAGE

Wed 11 pm – 2 am
Thu 11 pm – 2 am
Fri 9 pm – 3 am
Sat 8 pm – 2 am
All times U.S. EST via Golf Channel


FAVORITES

EUROPEAN TOUR
Jason Scrivener (12-1)
Lucas Herbert (16-1)
Ryan Fox (16-1)
Jazz Janewattananond (18-1)
Aaron Rai (22-1)
Justin Harding (25-1)
Bet on the ISPS Handa Vic Open at Bovada.

LPGA TOUR
Minjee Lee (4-1)
Georgia Hall (7-1)
Charley Hull (9-1)
Anne Van Dam (18-1)
Caroline Hedwall (25-1)
Mirim Lee (25-1)
Bet on the ISPS Handa Vic Open at Bovada.

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