03 Mar 2022 | Professional golf |

Aussies On Tour: Dodt chasing success at Black Mountain

by PGA of Australia

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Andrew Dodt is hunting a win in Thailand this week. Photo: Getty

By Tony Webeck

He’s chipped away at the rust and now Queenslander Andrew Dodt is eyeing off a second tournament triumph at Black Mountain Golf Club in Thailand at this week’s International Series Thailand.

Winner of the True Thailand Classic at Black Mountain in 2015, Dodt is one of 14 Australians teeing it up on the Asian Tour along with Kiwi pair Ben Campbell and Denzel Ieremia. Aussies are also in action at two PGA TOUR events, the LPGA and Epson Tours, DP World Tour and Champions Tour.

A two-time winner on the DP World Tour, Dodt was second behind Jed Morgan at the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship in January and is coming off a top-25 finish a week ago at the Royal’s Cup.

“I like my game at the moment, maybe a little rusty,” Dodt said.

“It’s just great to be back playing again. I have only played six events in the last two years. I am getting some momentum now and finding some form.

“I am 36, I know my game reasonably well now. If something goes wrong, I know how to fix it pretty quick. Wish I knew that when I was 25.”

Now based at Newcastle, Dodt’s experience playing in the wind is sure to come in handy again this week at a course renowned for challenging the strength of a player’s ball flight. “You have got to be good in the wind,” Dodt added.

“The mountain makes the wind swirl. You have holes that play up, you have holes that play down, and there are cross winds swirling around the mountain, so that’s tricky.

“And the greens get really firm. You really have to have all parts of your game on song.”

Runner-up at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore a year ago, Hannah Green is chasing her third tournament win in succession in her first LPGA Tour start of the year.

The 25-year-old received worldwide attention for her triumph in the mixed TPS Murray River event a fortnight ago and has set her sights on a spot within the top 10 of the Rolex Women’s World Rankings by year’s end.

Fellow West Australian Minjee Lee has also set herself a lofty target, telling AAP that she wants to win the career grand slam after breaking through for her first major at last year’s Amundi Evian Championship.

“Having won Evian, I have a little bit more motivation to win every other major because my ultimate goal is to be in the Hall of Fame,” said the world No. 7.

Jason Day’s withdrawal due to personal reasons leaves the Australian contingent at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at six, Min Woo Lee again receiving an opportunity to show his skills on the PGA TOUR. Round 1 tee times AEDT LPGA Tour HSBC Women’s World Championship Sentosa Golf Club (Tanjong Cse), Singapore 11.35am* Sarah Kemp, Carlota Ciganda, Mel Reid 12.52pm Hannah Green, Brooke M. Henderson, Inbee Park 12.59pm* Su Oh, Stacy Lewis, Jasmine Suwannapura 1.04pm Minjee Lee, Sei Young Kim, Hinako Shibuno 1.28pm Lydia Ko, Jin Young Ko, Yuka Saso Defending champion: Hyo Joo Kim Past Aussie winners: Karrie Webb (2011) Top Aussie prediction: Hannah Green TV schedule: Live 1.30pm-6.30pm Thursday, Friday on Fox Sports 503; 10.30pm-11.45pm Saturday on Fox Sports 505; 2.30am-3.30am Monday on Fox Sports 503. PGA TOUR Arnold Palmer Invitational Bay Hill Club and Lodge, Orlando, Florida 11.43pm* Lucas Herbert, Branden Grace, Keith Mitchell 12.16am Cam Davis, Sebastián Muñoz, Henrik Stenson 12.27am* Adam Scott, Sepp Straka, Rory McIlroy 4.02am Danny Lee, Aaron Wise, Rory Sabbatini 4.24am* Matt Jones, Garrick Higgo, Lanto Griffin 4.46am Marc Leishman, David Lipsky, Tyrrell Hatton 5.19am Min Woo Lee, Alex Smalley, John Pak Defending champion: Bryson DeChambeau Past Aussie winners: Rod Pampling (2006), Jason Day (2016), Marc Leishman (2017) Top Aussie prediction: Adam Scott TV schedule: Live 6am-10am Friday, Saturday; Live 4.30am-10am Sunday, Monday on Fox Sports 503. Puerto Rico Open Grand Reserve Golf Club, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico 10.21pm* Cameron Percy, Carl Pettersson, John Rollins 10.32pm Aaron Baddeley, D.A. Points, D.J. Trahan 11.27pm Brett Drewitt, Curtis Thompson, Austin Connelly 2.40am Mark Hensby, Parker McLachlin, Josh Teater 2.40am* Greg Chalmers, J.J. Henry, David Lingmerth Defending champion: Branden Grace Past Aussie winners: Nil Top Aussie prediction: Brett Drewitt TV schedule: Live 2am-5am Friday, Saturday on Fox Sports 503; Live 6.30am-9am Sunday; Live 6am-8am Monday on Fox Sports 508 DP World Tour Magical Kenya Open Muthaiga Golf Club, Nairobi, Kenya 10pm Blake Windred, Adrien Saddier, Jens Fahrbring Defending champion: Justin Harding Past Aussie winners: Nil Top Aussie prediction: Blake Windred TV schedule: Live 9pm-2am Thursday, Friday; Live 11.30pm-1am Saturday; Live 8.30pm-1am Sunday on Fox Sports 503 Asian Tour International Series Thailand Black Mountain Golf Club, Prachaubkhirikhan, Thailand 10.50am Cory Crawford, Sangchai Kaewcharoen, Denwit Boriboonsub 11am Andrew Martin, Yosuke Asaji, Angelo Que 11.10am Jake Higginbottom, Chanachok Dejpiratanamongkol, Ben Leong 11.20am* Scott Hend, Scott Vincent, Phachara Khongwatmai 11.30am Ben Eccles, Christoffer Baumann, Mardan Mamat 11.40am Ben Campbell, Itthipat Buranatanyarat, Lu Wei-chih 11.40am* Daniel Fox, Aadil Bedi, Mathiam Keyser 12pm Denzel Ieremia, William Harrold, Masanori Kobayashi 12.20pm Will Heffernan, Aman Raj, Naoki Sekito 3.30pm Andrew Dodt, Settee Prakongvech, Paul Peterson 4.10pm Wade Ormsby, Berry Henson, Neil Schietekat 4.10pm* Josh Younger, Abdul Hadi, Nirun Sae-Ueng 4.30pm Todd Sinnott, Kosuke Hamamoto, Keith Horne 4.40pm Scott Strange, Danny Masrin, Tanapat Pichaikool 4.40pm* Travis Smyth, Sarit Suwannarut, Jarin Todd 5.10pm* Kevin Yuan, Witchayapat Sinsrang, Varanyu Rattanaphiboonkij Defending champion: Inaugural event Past Aussie winners: Nil Top Aussie prediction: Wade Ormsby TV schedule: Live 6.30pm-pm Thursday, Friday; 3.30am-4.30am Sunday, Monday on Fox Sports 503 Epson Tour Florida’s Natural Charity Classic Country Club of Winter Haven, Winter Haven, Florida Australasians in the field: Hira Naveed, Gabriela Ruffels, Amelia Garvey, Soo Jin Lee Defending champion: Janie Jackson Past Aussie winners: Nil Top Aussie prediction: Gabriela Ruffels Champions Tour Hoag Classic Newport Beach Country Club, Newport Beach, California Australasians in the field: Steven Alker, Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, David McKenzie, Rod Pampling Defending champion: Ernie Els Past Aussie winners: Nil Top Aussie prediction: Rod Pampling TV schedule: Live 10am-12pm Saturday on Fox Sports 503; Live 9am-11am Sunday; Live 8am-11am Monday on Fox Sports 508

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