BMW SA Open 2017

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Trevor Fisher Jnr (ew)Tournament Winner80/1BetVictor
Dean Burmester (ew)Tournament Winner80/1CoralLadbrokes, BetVictor
Retief Goosen (ew)Tournament Winner66/1BetVictor

Venue

For the fourth successive year, the BMW SA Open takes place at the Glendower Golf Club in the city of Ekurhuleni. At 7,564 yards the par 72 course is fairly long with four substantial par 3’s, but with 64 bunkers accuracy off the tee is even more important than distance. After playing here in 2013, Ryder Cup star and captain Paul McGinley described this beautiful parkland course as one of the best he has ever played. Last year Brandon Stone secured his first European Tour title at this tournament, and he returns here in form having won the Alfred Dunhill Championship last month, while 12 months earlier Andy Sullivan defeated Charl Schwartzel in a play-off.

Favourites

Rory McIlroy usually starts his year at the Abu Dhabi Championship, but the World no. 2 will be taking part in this event for the first time since he finishing third in 2008 and he dominates the betting, with Sky Bet offering best odds of 5/2. Sullivan is the second favourite at 14/1 with most bookies, ahead of Stone at 16/1 with Stan James.

Tips

Trevor Fisher JnrThe majority of the field is made up of players from South Africa’s Sunshine Tour and one of the more successful of them at this event has been TREVOR FISHER JNR, who has finished eighth, 15th and seventh in the last three years. The 37-year-old has won eight times in South Africa, including his maiden European Tour success at the Africa Open in East London in 2015, and at best price 80/1 with BetVictor, he has to be considered a strong each-way bet.

Dean BurmesterDEAN BURMESTER is sixth on the Sunshine Tour’s Order of Merit, thanks largely to a run of top 10s in the early part of 2016 – which included a 10th place finish here. The 27-year-old, who has won a total of six times on his native tour, was back in form at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in December when he placed in the top 20 and he too looks a good each-way prospect at a best price of 80/1 with CoralLadbrokes and BetVictor (as short as 50/1 elsewhere).

Retief GoosenRETIEF GOOSEN doesn’t play too often these days but he has a fine record at this event, including finishing 22nd and 4th in his two visits to Glendower. Goosen, who won this tournament back in 2005, has finished 6th or better on nine of his 13 appearances. He proved last year that he remains competitive here and best odds of 66/1 on offer with BetVictor are worth taking on – which completes our trio of South African golfers at big prices this week.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Trevor Fisher Jnr (ew)Tournament Winner80/1BetVictor
Dean Burmester (ew)Tournament Winner80/1Coral, Ladbrokes, BetVictor
Retief Goosen (ew)Tournament Winner66/1BetVictor