THE PLAYERS always attracts one of the strongest fields on the golfing calendar and 2019 is no different, with all of the world’s Top-50 golfers making the trip to Ponte Vedra Beach.
This week, the PGA Tour turns its attention to the fabled Bay Hill Club and Lodge for the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The new schedule and elevated status of the Arnold Palmer Invitational have led to a limited field containing an impressive 12 of the top 20 players in the world.
The Tigers have become impervious to almost all put in front of them. 21 straight victories at MCG, two games clear at the top of the ladder, and an almost certainty to play all their finals at the Melbourne ground. However, recent history has shown that Richmond and its supporters should hesitate before counting their proverbial chickens.
A wounded Richmond and a packed MCG provided the ideal platform to put their underwhelming season behind them. However, it quickly became apparent that our expectations were misguided.
“Forwards win Coleman Medals. Midfielders win Brownlow Medals. But do not underestimate the importance of defenders in winning premiership medals.” Malcolm Blight’s famous anecdote rings true of Hawthorn in 2018.
Another underwhelming Friday night contest awaits between two teams that have been the most disappointing of 2018.
The long course and soft conditions lend itself to favouring the long hitters. However, the penal rough and cavernous fairway bunkers mean that accuracy will also be at a premium.