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Joburg Open 2017 Betting Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Paul Peterson (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Unibet
Oliver Bekker (ew)Tournament Winner100/1Unibet
Ockie Strydom (ew)Tournament Winner80/1Unibet, Stan James

All odds quoted are subject to change

Venue

After a decade at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, the Joburg Open moves to a new venue for this year’s edition. The 7,600-yard Firethorn course at the Randpark Golf Club has previously staged the South African Open, but has been completely revamped in recent years to present an improved playing experience. With water in play on many of the holes and several big greens, this is more than just a test of length and a devilish closing three-hole stretch has the potential to cause all sorts of problems. South Africa’s Darren Fichardt is the reigning champion of this event, which is co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour. Charl Schwartzel and Richard Sterne have each won it twice, while Branden Grace and Andy Sullivan are the other big name former champions.

Favourites

South African players have won eight of the 11 previous editions of this tournament and they dominate the betting market, with Louis Oosthuizen leading the way at 11/2 with several firms. Dylan Frittelli won in Mauritius at the weekend to climb to the fringes of the world’s top 50 and he’s at 10/1 with Betfred and Stan James, with George Coetzee an 18/1 chance with the same two bookies. Stan James are also offering Dean Burmester and the 2016 champion Haydn Porteous at odds of 28/1.

Tips

PAUL PETERSON is enjoying something of a purple patch, with his 22nd place in Mauritius following on from four successive top 10s, during which he twice finished as runner-up at Asian Tour events. The American, who won the Czech Masters last year and was 10th at this event, has risen 150 world ranking places as a consequence and can keep moving in the right direction with another strong showing here at 33/1 with Unibet with 6 places.

OLIVER BEKKER, who finished ninth in Mauritius at the weekend, is the current leader of the Sunshine Tour’s Order of Merit and looks a worthwhile each-way selection at the stand-out odds of 100/1 on offer with Unibet despite some erratic recent form. The 32-year-old has won three times in 2017, most recently at the end of August, and has finished third on two further occasions, but he has mixed three top 15s with four missed cuts in his last seven starts.

OCKIE STRYDOM maintained his remarkable run of form with a top 10 in Mauritius last week, finishing inside the top 15 for the eighth time in 10 starts on the Sunshine Tour. He’s one of South Africa’s most consistent performers and rates as a great each-way chance at best odds of 80/1 with Unibet and Stan James, both with 6 places. His inability to get over the line is the major negative – he has finished second or third nine times in the last 21 months.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Paul Peterson (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Unibet
Oliver Bekker (ew)Tournament Winner100/1Unibet
Ockie Strydom (ew)Tournament Winner80/1Unibet, Stan James

All odds quoted are subject to change