Last week rewarded us well, a man who seemed to detest the front 9, played the back 9 as if he was a different player all weekend. His back 9 was fantastic on Saturday played in -9 with 7 birdies and an eagle and just a single par following a birdie on 9. Gallacher delivered for many at prices between 40 and 50 to 1.
This week we our back in South Africa after the Desert swing which I am becoming quiet fond of. This is the 8th edition of the event and the filed is huge with 210 due to play this week. With the field size two courses are used before the cut is made. The East Course is considered the harder of the two courses played. The West Course is 7,203 yards for a Par 71, and the East Course is 7,658 yards for a Par 72.
Throwing up interest for players is that the top 3 of the top 10 without exemptions for the Open later this year will qualify.
Hitting greens will be key here the altitude affects the ball flight so players will have to adjust for the extra few yards they will find on their shoots. The East course has tended to punish accuracy more than the West in past events. It has played almost a shoot harder so its worth giving 1-2 shots edge to those that play it earlier. The East course is played over the weekend so watch out for those that did well their at the cut.
Hopefully the usual thunderstorms don’t result in a shortened event but its sure to frustrate some players at the Joburg Open
Joburg Open Selections:
Emiliano Grillo 66/1 various – Most noted for his fantastic put on 18 last sunday which nearly got him into a play off but for Gallacher taking his birdie chance and the sole lead. He has two top 10s in the African Open and his accuracy off the tea should be rewarded here.
Dawie Van Der Walt 50/1 various- Caught my eye in 2014 with some of his play including his 9th in Qatar. He has two wins in the past 12months in this country and played well at this event in 2012.
Thomas Aiken 22/1 various – One of my favourite golfers to see hit a ball. Showed how good he is with 5th in Qatar at big each way odds. 5th in GIR this year.
Trevor Fisher Junior 80/1 various – A local to the area with a number of sunshine tour wins. 3rd and 6th the last two years here. Got fancy he can go well back home again.
Stuart Manley 200/1 various – Certainly hit some form late in 2013 with a top 10 in World Cup and a play off loss in Hong Kong. Last visit here was pretty strong.
Those our my five this week from the Joburg Open.