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Tshwane Open 2017 Betting Preview

Dylan Frittelli (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Bet365
James Morrison (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Coral
Romain Langasque (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Coral


The European Tour continues its South African swing this week with a third visit to the Pretoria Country Club for the Tshwane Open, where George Coetzee and Charl Schwartzel have emerged victorious in the last two years. The par 70 course is on the short side with several tight, tree-lined fairways, but it proved no obstacle for Schwartzel, who won by 8 shots last year with a 16-under-par total aided by a brilliant closing round of 63. Coetzee meanwhile used his local knowledge to win at his home club in 2015 with a 14-under score. Our three selections last year, Justin Walters, Zander Lombard and David Horsey, finished T4, T7 and T14 respectively.


With many of the European Tour’s biggest names away at the WGC event in Mexico, the market is dominated by South Africans and is headed by Coetzee at best odds of 12/1 with Coral and Betfred. Dean Burmester, who was fourth at the SA Open and 11th in Joburg last week, has finished third and fourth in the last two years here and is the 16/1 second favourite with Ladbrokes and Coral with Thomas Aiken at 22/1 with several firms. Jaco Van Zyl, who has missed two cuts since finishing second in Qatar, is a 25/1 shot with BetVictor.


Dylan-FrittelliDYLAN FRITTELLI is moving in the right direction, up more than 250 ranking places since the start of 2016, and although he was in poor form in January with three missed cuts he has returned to form in South Africa in recent weeks and he was 16th in his native Joburg at the weekend. The 26-year-old has placed 10th and 14th on his two visits to this venue and should be able to challenge once again. He’s our first each-way pick this week at best odds of 33/1 with Bet365.

James MorrisonIt’s been a promising start to 2017 for JAMES MORRISON, who opened the year by placing 13th at the SA Open and has since finished T23-T12-T4 at his last 3 tournaments. The Englishman, who already has two European Tour titles to his name, finished T20 at The Open Championship in 2015 and he will arrive here full of confidence. Available at 40/1 with various bookmakers – Coral are among them and they are paying seven places.

ROMAIN-LANGASQUEROMAIN LANGASQUE was one of the stars of the Challenge Tour last year and the young Frenchman is already making an impact in his first full year on the European Tour, with his results reading 10-21-39-37-11 for his 5 tournaments to date. The 11th place was down the road in Joburg at the weekend and the 21-year-old from Grasse, who finished T39 at the Masters last year has the scent of each-way value at odds of 33/1 with Coral and those extra places.

Dylan Frittelli (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Bet365
James Morrison (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Coral
Romain Langasque (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Coral