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Chris Paisley -21
Branden Grace -18
JC Ritchie -16
Jacques Blaauw -14
Jacques Kruyswijk -14
Scott Vincent -14
Adrien Saddier -13
Chase Koepka -13
Darren Fichardt -13
Renato Paratore -13
Branden Grace 5/6
Chris Paisley 10/3
Adrien Saddier 14/1
Chase Koepka 14/1
Jacques Blaauw 14/1
Darren Fichardt 18/1
Trevor Fisher Jnr 33/1
Jacques Kruyswijk 40/1
Charl Schwartzel 50/1
Jeff Winther 50/1
Dylan Frittelli 66/1
Matthieu Pavon 66/1
Jorge Campillo 80/1
Renato Paratore 80/1
Richard Bland 80/1
Scott Vincent 80/1
J C Ritchie 150/1
Kyle Mcclatchie 200/1
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The South Africa 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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My tips to win:
After a bit of R&R watching Branden Grace13/2 – with BetFred – on twitter he looks like he’s raring to go and cant wait for this week to come. This is a big year for the South African after finishing in the Top 5 of two majors in 2016 last year he didn’t really kick on, with only a Top 10 at The Open Championship. Branden will be looking to be challenging in those big events this year and to win here in an event he has yet to win, on home soil, would be the perfect start.
Another South African player who hasn’t won this event is 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel 15/2 – with BetFred – Charl has had four Top 5s and two runners-up finishes in this event, surely it is only a matter of time before he adds this tournament to his impressive list of victories.
Dean Burmester 25/1 – with BetVictor – has probably been itching for this years events to start after finishing in the Top 5 at the Race to Dubai’s Tour Championship. Dean did play a couple of events on the wraparound season, but this is the real start to the year and with two Top 10 finishes here in the last two years from four starts in this event – one of which was a Top 5 last year – he will be looking to keep that progression going this week.
My each-way tips:
Another wonderful South African golfer who’s name is missing from the honours board for this event is Thomas Aiken 55/1 – with Bet365 – who has been knocking on the door with five Top 5 finish in this tournament. Thomas seems to start the year well in the early season events and I expect him to be challenging that Top 5 again this week.
This was Trevor Fisher Jnr 80/1 – with Bet365 – debut event on the European Tour back in 2000 where he missed the cut, to be honest Trevor has not really started to challenge in this event until its move to the Glendower GC in 2014. Since then he has had three Top 10s one of which was his fifth place finish last year when he opened with a round of 66 and he will be looking to keep this current run going.
My outside tips:
There are a couple of good outside tips this week with Mikko Korhonen 90/1 – with Bet365 – who had his best ever year on tour last year with two runner-up finishes. Mikko teed it up for the first time on the Glendower track last year and finished inside the Top 10.
For longer odds:
Hennie Otto 200/1 – with BetStars – is always a good bet on home soil especially at these odds after a Top 15 finish just before Christmas in the Joburg Open.
As always good luck
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