African Open Golf
This is the 7th African Open a co sanctioned European Sunshine event. An interesting test at the East London course over the unusual par 73 but at 6691yds. The course is short but it has tricky rough and tight greens and when the wind kicks up it can prove very difficult.
Special mention to George Coetzee who is no longer the best player on the European Tour to never win an event as he put away last weeks Joburg Open as all round him fell apart including my pick Thomas Aiken who traded pretty low after a birdie to open his final round.
Accuracy will prove key here as both the fairways and tight Greens need to be found so that is the key focus stats wise for my picks. Wind is expected to pick up during the event so a good wind player will have a key advantage as will the home grown talent. The field this weak is quiet thin so prices of several are below what might have been expected.
A note on Horsey I took 50s earlier in week for small money and am not willing to top up at 35s so he is not an official pick but is someone I would do ok out of if he won. I will keep Hoey in as win only bet going at 40/1 he is shorter than that with the exchanges.
African Open Selections:
Michael Hoey 40/1 various (win only) – A win bet or nothing is often the best way with Hoey, buy he has wins on courses that should play like this African Open course will. 2nd here in 2009 and a 10th in Abu Dhabi encourages me and could well come good again on this type of course.
Adilson De Silva 85 + Betfair (16 place) – Sets standard for outsiders with his straight driving and his very good GIR here. He has been thereabouts of late and could well push on this week to threaten.
Darren Fichardt 25/1 bet365- Previous winner on this course. Missed cut coming into this last week but before that had been in good form and early break may set him up well for a defence.
Ricardos Santos 45/1 skybet- Top 10 here last year. He played well in Joburg on Sunday and if getting going earlier here this week he could be right in the business end.
Gregory Bourdy 18/1 various- Starting get over his cycling injury and was a threat last week in Joburg for a while. Runner up here last year so likes the test of this course. He putted poorly last year so should have really won and has won before in South Africa. At nearly twice the price of Aiken he looks over priced here.