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the SA Open Championship
Graeme Storm -18
Rory McIlroy -18
Jordan Smith -17
Dean Burmester -15
Thomas Aiken -14
Trevor Fisher Jnr -14
Alexander Bjoerk -13
David Drysdale -13
Edoardo Molinari -13
Joel Stalter -13
Mikko Korhonen -13
Peter Uihlein -13
Rory McIlroy 6/5
Graeme Storm 7/4
Jbe' Kruger 14/1
Jordan L Smith 14/1
Peter Uihlein 20/1
Jaco Van Zyl 25/1
Romain Langasque 25/1
Dean Burmester 33/1
Thomas Aiken 50/1
Trevor Fisher Jnr 50/1
Edoardo Molinari 50/1
Joel Stalter 80/1
Keith Horne 100/1
Mikko Korhonen 100/1
David Drysdale 150/1
Richard S Johnson 150/1
Laurie Canter 150/1
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The South African Open Championship tees up at the Glendower Golf Club, which prides itself as a "classic" course. The club has undergone improvements over the years and still maintains its status as one of South Africa's best 18-hole parkland courses.
English golf architect, Mr. Allison was employed to plan the course and a South African professional golfer, A.F.Tomsett, took on the construction work. The course opened for play on the 7th March 1937. Such was the standard of the work and layout that after only two years the club played host to its first major tournament, The Transvaal Open Championship, which was won by Bobby Locke in a World Record score of 265, Locke shooting rounds of 66, 69, 66 and 64.
In 1973 the club was proclaimed a Nature Reserve. This proclamation was in order to preserve the bird-life that is found on the course. Glendower GC under went major renovation works during the 1980’s. All 18 greens were reshaped and rebuilt, new tee positions were added, and existing water hazards were cleared and extended with new water features added on a number of holes.
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With Rory McIlroy’s best odds being 5/2 – with SkyBet – I have picked some better-priced options for you, should the Irishman still be a bit rusty.
My tips to win:
Not only is Brandon Stone 16/1 – with BetFred – the defending champion this week but he comes into the event in great form after winning the Alfred Dunhill Championship. Brandon currently sits in fourth place on this years Race To Dubai and in the number one spot on the Sunshine Tour. Stone turned professional in 2013 and has golf in his blood with his father being a Sunshine Tour player and Ernie Els being a close family friend and I believe the lad from Pretoria will be in the thick of it again this week.
Another past champions teeing it up this week is Andy Sullivan 14/1 – with BetVictor – who missed the cut here last year, which was no surprise considering he was defending his first tournament win as a professional. Andy came twelfth the year before his win and that to me says more about his feelings toward the Glendower GC track than that missed cut and I expect the Englishman to be challenging this week.
Thomas Aiken 28/1 – with BetFair – made the Top 5 at the Alfred Dunhill Championship a few weeks ago which was also played on home soil in South Africa. Thomas has a good record in this event over the Glendowner course finishing inside the Top 20 both times placing seventeenth and fifth consecutively. Aiken only played nine European Tour events last year finishing inside the Top 20 four times, one of which was his forth place at the BMW PGA Championship and I expect him to do well again this week.
My each-way tips:
It was a bit of a frustrating season for David Horsey 40/1 – with Bet365 – last year where he couldn’t quite finish a tournament off and get that win. David ended the year with nine Top 25 finishes with a runner-up and two other Top 5s in that run. Horsey has four wins on the European Tour and seems to win in consecutive years misses a year and then wins in consecutive years again. David didn’t win last year so maybe this is the start of that run again.
Thomas Detry 70/1 – with StanJames – only turned professional last year and had a wire to wire win at the Bridgestone Challenge when he opened with a round of 60 and closed with a round of 63 giving him a winning margin of 12 shots. Thomas’s had already set his stall out before that win finishing inside the Top 6 in his first two professional events and a Top 25 finish in the 100th Open de France showed he could perform in a strong field. This is his first season on the European Tour and a third place finish at the Alfred Dunhill Championship shows a statement of intent.
My outside tip:
Dylan Frittelli 80/1 – with Ladbrokes – finished inside the Top 10 on the European Challenge Tour last year and he also sits inside the Top 20 on the Sunshine Tour OOM. Dylan won the Rolex Trophy last year and had ten Top 10 finishes two of which were runners-up places including the Australian PGA Championship. Frittelli had a Top 25 at the Alfred Dunhill Championship showing he can perform in front of a partisan crowd and a Top 20 here last year shows he knows how to play this track.
As always good luck
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