It is an exciting time in the world of golf with a number of high level tournaments set to kick off in the coming weeks and months. The USPGA is currently underway in America with events including the Wells Fargo Championship, Byron Nelson and the Charles Schwab Challenge all scheduled to go ahead in May.
Many fans of the sport enjoy participating in golf betting as it brings some more excitement and suspense to the game. The PGA is one of those events that attracts a flurry of punters.
There are a number of Australian golfers who are being considered potential champions, with pro Cameron Smith coming in with 40/1 odds of winning the upcoming championship (at the time this article was written).
Australia has a long history of having some of the world’s best golfing talent, with players raking up an impressive number of wins over the last few decades. Here are just a few of the country’s most impressive and successful golfers:
First up is Cameron Smith, an Australian golfing professional currently residing in Florida in the United States. Smith has been playing professionally since 2013 and has achieved PGA Tour wins in 2017 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and in 2020 at the Sony Open in Hawaii, as well as two European Tour wins and finally another two wins at the PGA Tour of Australasia.
His father Des is also an accomplished golfer with a success career behind him. The player is a fan of upgrading and maintaining cars and wishes to open up a coffee shop when he eventually retires from the game.
In terms of his career highlights this season, Cameron has so far finished T10 at a Masters Tournament as well as becoming the first golfer in tournament history to card four scores in the sixties in one season.
Last season the golfer secured a PGA TOUR victory for the second time in his career at the Sony Open in Hawaii, where he had pledged to donate $500 dollars per birdie and $1,000 dollars per eagle to charity in support of relief efforts for the wildfires that were rampant in Australia at the time.
Last year Cameron was awarded the Greg Norman Medal in recognition for being the best Australian golfer.
Another PGA TOUR favourite is the Australian professional Adam Derek Scott, who was ranked as world number one in 2014. Scott has so far won 31 professional tournaments in competitions around the world.
Sometimes known by his nickname The Big Queenslander, his career kicked off around the year 2000. After some impressive performances in the European Tour, he soon made some appearances in the PGA TOUR.
In 2004, Scott was crowned the youngest winner of The Players Championship at the age of 23 years old. Then in 2010 despite an unlucky season with injuries he qualified for play on the Order of Merit and one at least once in each tournament.
After the 2013 Masters Tournament he finally secured the number three world ranking before moving up to first in the next season.
However, one success Scott is yet to see is in team golf. While he has made nine appearances on the International team representing Australia, he is still yet to play on a winning team.
One of the all-time most successful golfers in Australia’s history is the legend Peter Thomson, who remains the only competitor to win a major three times in a row. Nicknamed The Melbourne Tiger, he was born in the late 1920s and played for a number of decades after joining the sport professional at the age of 20 years old.
Thomson had a total of six PGA TOUR wins in his career, with his three consecutive wins being in 1954, 1955 and 1956. He also won in many other tournaments including the European Tour, the Japan Golf Tour, the PGA Tour of Australasia and the PGA Tour Champions.
He also had a really successful senior career, winning nine times on the Senior PGA Tour in America as well as winning the 1988 British PGA Seniors Championship. Peter has been honoured in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Another Australian with an impressive golfer record is Karrie Webb, who is one of the world’s best known women golfers. Her professional career began in 1994 when she entered the Ladies European Tour and went on to finish second at the Women's Australian Open.
Karrie has a total of 57 professional wins, which include 41 wins at the LPGA Tour. She also has 15 wins at the Ladies European Tour.
In 2000, she had a particularly memorable year after winning two major championships and running with the Olympic torch. She also won a series of awards, including the Female Player of the Year award given by the Golf Writers Association of America.
Also well worth a mention is golfing pro turned successful entrepreneur Greg Norman. The player has won over 90 professional events in total, including 20 PGA TOUR events. He found victory at two majors and won the British Open Championship in 1986 and 1993.
Greg is well known for his financial success through both his sporting and business ventures, the golfer was the very first person in PGA TOUR history to make more than $10 million in career earnings.