Expert verdict on all 7 Aussies at the US Open and the sneaky winning hope no one is talking about

As many as seven Aussies will kick it off on Thursday night at the 122nd US Open at The Country Club in Brookline.

Aussie former PGA Tour pro and Fox Sports golf expert PAUL GOW – who played in two US Opens – rules them all, including lead hope Cam Smith and a few fresh faces representing great stories.

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“We know he’s a world class player…he just got better and better. He’s a brave player, he’s a scrambler and he loves fighting this little tough Queenslander. He really embraces it. You can see when he talked to Jon Rahm earlier this year and he embraced what is just Cam Smith.

“If he controls the ball a little bit better we know how good short game is, there’s no reason to believe he can’t win this golf tournament at the moment. At Chambers Bay, he finished fourth in 2015 when he played for first appeared on the scene This golf course is completely different at Brookline it is a shorter course this could play into his hands it will knock out the driver who is probably his nemesis at the moment hitting fairways. But he’s got a new driver in the bag this week, hopefully that goes straight, but he’s a huge, huge opportunity.

“Playing with Brooks Koepka and Scottie Scheffler now plays into his hands. Not two years ago, but now because he really enjoys being in that arena. As a player, sometimes it’s pretty silly, when you get better, you go to the draw and think ‘who am I playing with? Better be one of the better players.” So he would look into that. It’s not all, but he now knows he’s in that realm of players. He has that status about him and he must have the status of players he plays with.”


“He’s always a good chance. He drives the ball so well and his iron game is good. Contrary to what everyone thinks, his setting has been very solid and good this year. That’s what gets me so excited about Scotty at an event if this is that the other stuff has been so good for so many years if that’s popping up regularly from tee to green this week i think he’s going to have a really good week because the putting went so much better he seems a lot more comfortable he has a new set of iron in the bag which he loves… no one dictates to him which irons he wants in the bag he now has what he wants.

“He’s just always an opportunity. There will come a day when he’s a little older, and I know he’s 40 now, but there will be a day at these US Opens where he’s not in the race, but he still has a chance this year.

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“He’s played great this year without a win. He’s played 17 events and I think he’s only missed two cuts, and he’s made some top 10s and his putter wasn’t quite right. He’s got Denis McDade his golf coach there had with him for a week and they are working hard to get that back its not like he has the yips he actually puts out fine but has a lot of sides and putts not really out meaning his speed is a bit off He and Denis would have done a lot of work in that week off, Denis will probably have been with him for two weeks by the time they get to the Open.

“He’ll be ready to go. He is confident. He plays great – he sends the ball well, his irons are good. He hasn’t had a great track record at the US Open, but this Open is a little different. This course is a little shorter, it’s kind of a shotmaker’s golf course, and Leish, we’re just waiting for him to win a major. This is the one he flies under the radar because a lot of people don’t know that he really had a good year without a standout year. The boy from Warrnambool, I guess that’s what he likes in life (flying under the radar).

“For him and Cam Smith personally, those are our best chances.”


“Lucas only gets better and better. This is his second US Open. He thrives on big events, he loves it. Not a great event at the Masters, he missed the cut there, but he’s just getting better and more comfortable where he is every week. He’s on the US tour, shoulder to shoulder with the best players. But that’s where he wants to be – I’ve known Lucas for a long time, he’s a confident guy. He has a very good team around him, they just arranged everything.

“I think he’s going to have a really good week. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s somewhere in the fray at the weekend because if he plays smart and makes his way around the golf course with the strength and power he has, will he be in the fight somewhere I can’t see him win but I see him somewhere around and that’s part of his growth, actually being in the fight in this event, and all the majors. If he’s on feel comfortable with this kid, I think he’s gone.”

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“I expect a lot from him. He’s had Richie Smith as a coach there, he’s seen his sister (Minjee) win the US Open in style. Again, he’s just trying to feel comfortable. He played on invitations this year. the US he played really well in that last round of the Masters I watched him on the back nine there was a level of maturity I’ve known the kid since he was 14 and there was a degree of maturity that struck him playing that event I know he hasn’t moved on with it yet but he’s ready for the big stage He loves it, he embraces it just like a Cam Smith.

“He has that all-round game you need for a US Open. He’s got the power, he’s got the power, it’s all about giving that mental side to it. I think he will be very confident when he goes into it that he is playing week-in, week-out against the best in the world. He now knows where he wants to go. I don’t know what day he will show up in a major, but it won’t be far because he has all the injections in his bag that he needs. It could be this year, it could be three years from now.”


“Jed is a powerful young player, he is a confident young player. This will be a tough assignment for him in that when I played my first US Open at Pebble Beach you look down and there’s Tiger hitting balls, there’s Ernie Els, Nick Faldo, Greg Norman, you name it – and I was a little on the star-struck side. I was floating that week, my feet were not on the ground because there is a lot going on at the US Open. There’s a lot of people there, there’s a lot of media, there’s a lot of everything and it’s about putting up with the event and the show that’s there.

“Jed is an excited young fellow. He will have to control his emotions. His golf game is fine, but it’s about sticking with it this week and not letting the nerves get to him. He’s like Min and like Lucas Herbert, they need to play more of these events to feel more comfortable and when they feel more comfortable we know they have the games to compete. †

Jed Morgan.Source: News Corp Australia


“He will be (starstruck) for sure. He is a calm boy. I think this is the best story of all seven Aussies playing. Two years ago, he didn’t know if he was going to play golf again. A superstar who came through the Golf Australia program as a junior, won a bunch of amateur events, long hitter, hit the bull’s eye, won on the Asia tour and you just thought ‘this kid is gone’. Then he developed chronic back problems and was unable to play. He had to change his golf swing, got healthy again. Denis McDade, who coaches Marc Leishman, helped him out. He won this year’s TPS event from Geoff Ogilvy in Australia. This is a great story. He qualified through Japan for the US Open.

Todd Sinnott from Australia.Source: AAP

“He has to be here. He’s got the game to play at the highest level. I think he’s got the game to play regularly in the US. It’s a really good game. He’s a quiet man, he does his job , he’s working hard on the game and he won’t compete a bit like Jed he’ll be a bit starstruck but he’ll put his best foot forward He won’t be left behind he would have had a few practice rounds with a lot of players especially Marc Leishman. He would have played a little bit with Cam (Smith), a lot with Lucas Herbert. He will probably start to feel a little more comfortable Friday afternoon. It will be interesting to see where he is around that time. If he is around the cut floats, he’s a tough kid. So I imagine he’ll make the cut.”

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