Another South African event for us to get stuck into they really are spoilt for golf, but again the fields are average as the best will be waiting with the World match play just gone. This course is nearly 8,000 yards and has plenty bunkers and lakes to defend its greens and fairways. The altitude means this course won’t play as long as it seems so think more 7,200yards. Again players who have enjoyed low scoring courses in South Africa should come to the fore.
The course does play long even with the help of the thin air and the par 5s are over 600 yards here. Length off the tee is important here as will be a good man on the bag to adjust your club lengths for approaching the pins. Some will fancy the single figures favourite Coetzee. He however makes his way back from Arizona and has one tour win does not make a summer yet. Its been noted that the back 9 offers the best chance to score low so I would avoid backing any clubhouse leaders and look for someone on course to finish strong if trading.
Wattel backers will be brave this week yes its a good chance for him but at those odds you would be very brave. Fichardt was a close call but instead I opted to spilt that stake on Quesne and Fleetwood.
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Tshwane Open Picks:
Julien Quesne 60/1 various – Does Not Start
Tommy Fleetwood 50/1 bet365- Has enjoyed playing golf in this part of the world, will enjoy the testing par 5s here. Has Ryder Cup on his mind so has it to show here.
Dawie Van Der Walt 40/1 various – Last years winner with some impressive GIR stats been key to his winning week. Making cuts for fun this season and won again in December too.
Lucas Bjerregaard 55/1 88sport (60s Betfair)- In form tour rookie playing first time here. Danes have done well here before could he do the same. Length off the tee will not be an issue and 9th in east London a good sign.
Morten Orum Madsen 33/1 various- A winner in South Africa before, Madsun was an 8th in this last year so that is as good a sign as any that he could have good week here.