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Joburg Open 2016 Tips

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
David Howell (ew)Tournament Winner30/1Paddy Power
Anthony Wall (ew)Tournament Winner40/1BetVictor
Justin Walters (ew)Tournament Winner45/1Paddy Power

Venue

The Joburg Open is one of only three events on the European Tour schedule to use more than one course, being played on both the East and West courses at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club. The East Course is the harder of these two parkland layouts, notable for its tough start to the back nine, with the par four 11th famed as one of the most difficult in South Africa. Charl Schwartzel and Richard Sterne have each won here twice, while Branden Grace was the 2012 champion.

Favourites

With last year’s Joburg Open winner, Andy Sullivan, and many of the other European Tour leading names taking part in the Eurasia Cup, there is an unfamiliar feel to the betting market, with Jaco Van Zyl the 14/1 favourite for this event with Coral. Betting is wide open, with England’s Tyrrell Hatton, runner-up in 2014, second favourite at 25/1 and SA Open champion Brandon Stone a 28/1 shot for back-to-back victories.

BetVictor are paying 6 places (1/4 odds), with Paddy Power going 7 (but 1/5 odds).

Tips

DAVID HOWELLThere looks to be some each-way value on offer for players who have performed well at this venue in the past – the first of these being DAVID HOWELL, who finished in a share of second place last year and went on to enjoy a good season. Howell was one of the Tour’s top performers a decade ago and although at the age of 40 he’s unlikely to hit those heights again, he can certainly compete with the best of the Sunshine Tour who make up the bulk of this field. Paddy Power are offering 30/1.

Anthony WallANTHONY WALL is another 40-year-old Englishman who can make an impression in Joburg, where he too was among the group sharing second place 12 months ago. Wall, who had a string of good results including a third placed finish in Portugal towards the end of last season, was also in the top 10 here two years ago and BetVictor‘s price of 40/1 certainly looks over the top alongside a more realistic 25/1 with William Hill and Bet365.

Justin WaltersJUSTIN WALTERS has returned to the European Tour via the Qualifying School and made an early impression with his top five finish at last week’s BMW SA Open. Walters, a native of Johannesburg, has enjoyed his home tournament in recent years, playing this venue to a total of 40-under-par on his last three visits and finishing as runner-up to George Coetzee two years ago. Paddy Power are offering 45/1 with those 7 places.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
David Howell (ew)Tournament Winner30/1Paddy Power
Anthony Wall (ew)Tournament Winner40/1BetVictor
Justin Walters (ew)Tournament Winner45/1Paddy Power