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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 273
COVER STORY N O fewer than 19 Englishmen have arrived at Lake Karrinyup Country Club to compete in the innovative World Super 6 Perth event – spearheaded by former World No.1 Lee Westwood, 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett and fan favourite Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston. More than 20 nations will be represented in the second staging of the tournament, and the English contingent boasts more players than any other visiting country. So which players from the Old Dart pose the biggest threat to Brett Rumford and his title defence? And who are some of the Australian players who stand in their way? Westwood has enjoyed previous success in Australia – defeating Greg Norman in a playoff to win our national Open in 1997 – and will be heavily backed to add to his 23 career titles on the European Tour. “I’ve obviously got great memories of Australia and I can’t wait,” Westwood said. “Golf tournaments with unique and innovative formats are a welcome change from the regular 72-hole stroke play events we usually play. I’m looking forward to experiencing it firsthand.” Westwood hasn’t added to his CV since winning the Maybank Malaysian Open in 2014. But the 44-year-old amassed five top-10 finishes in 2017 alone, and he has the all-round game that could find success around Lake Karrinyup. Willett has been dealing with niggling injuries lately – and his form across the past 12 months would suggest he shouldn’t prove much of a threat this week. But once a Masters champion, always a Masters champion. The 30-year-old still has a lot of golf left in him, and Perth could very well be the site of his rejuvenation. “I have competed in tournaments at Lake Karrinyup before and the course is always great fun to play,” Willett said. “I am also looking forward to playing the stroke play, match play hybrid.” Johnston was a late replacement for his injured compatriot, Tyrrell Hatton, who withdrew at the 11th hour with a wrist injury. The ever-popular Johnston, 28, is a crowd favourite the world over and will attract some of the deepest galleries. ‘Beef’ last visited Western Australia in 2016 for the Perth International, where he finished T15. His match play record is slender, having only played the Paul Lawrie Match Play in 2015, but the Super 6 format should suit him based on his 2018 results so far.► JOHNSTON IS A CROWD FAVOURITE THE WORLD OVER AND WILL ATTRACT SOME OF THE DEEPEST GALLERIES.
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