Dodt keen to cash in on early Australian Open start

Andrew Dodt lines up in this week's 100th Australian Open being played at Sydney's Australian Golf Club.
Andrew Dodt lines up in this week's 100th Australian Open being played at Sydney's Australian Golf Club. Kevin Farmer

GATTON'S Andrew Dodt will be aiming to make the most of any favourable conditions on offer when he tees up this morning for round one of this year's Australian Open.

Dodt has taken a break from his international schedule to a make a rare home appearance at the open which launches today at the Australian Golf Club in Sydney.

The European and Asian tour player will get first look of the course when he hits off alongside fellow Aussie Richard Green and Kiwi Ryan Fox at 6.50am.

Dodt's successful year includes his Thailand Classic victory and an appearance at the World Gold Championships Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio during June.

He currently sits third on the Asian Tour order of merit and is eager to finish the year in second place for the right to contest next year's World Golf Championships event in Florida.

Despite capturing his third pro tour win in Thailand during February, Dodt is disappointed not to have built on his success.

"They say any year you win a tournament, it's been a good one for you," Dodt said from the Australian Club yesterday.

"But I attach that win more to my good back half of last year which included the Queensland Open win and my tour school success.

"I've been disappointed a bit with my game since.

"I know I can play better and I just want to keep working on the right things to help lift my game going into next year."

Dodt fired eight birdies during his early-morning Pro-Am round yesterday and is looking to beat Sydney's fickle weather with a good start today.

"It's a long hitter's course and I'd like to think that suits my game," Dodt said.

"But the wind is a huge factor here and hopefully I can make the most of my early tee time tomorrow to post a good score while the conditions are at their best."

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