James Morrison And Dean Burmester Are Top Tips For The South African Open

The European Tour resumes with the Sunshine Tour's co-sanctioned South African Open on Thursday and it will be held at Glendower Golf Club for a fifth year running, with James Morrison our tip to enhance the fine recent record of European players in this event...

11th January - 14th January OddsWon/LostBet
South African Open    
Tips James Morrison (each way) - MC    Best Bet @ 40 / 1  
Dean Burmester (each way) - T54 @ 25 / 1  

The Market Leaders

Glendower has hosted the tournament since 2013 and it weighs in at an intimidating 7,594 yards, albeit the fact the venue is positioned at altitude does negate the advantage of the big hitters to some extent.

It is a course that Branden Grace (13/2) knows well as he has finished 15th and 4th in his last two appearances at Glendower, while the Nedbank Challenge winner is looking to enhance an exceptional record in South Africa, where he has won three of his past 11 starts on home soil.

However, the South African Open is one of the more prestigious tournaments to win for the home-grown contingent and the pressure has weighed heavily on some famous names, not least the 2011 US Masters winner Charl Schwartzel. He has an excellent record in this tournament without ever winning it and he has held the 54-hole lead twice in the last two years, finishing runner-up in 2015. Could 2018 be his year? Schwartzel is 15/2.

The Tips

The prices of the leading pair are a bit short for our liking and we prefer to back James Morrison at a very tempting 40/1. European players have won three of the four editions of the South African Open at Glendower, where Morrison boasts progressive form thanks to finishes of 22-15-13.

The 32-year-old loves playing in South Africa - his last four starts there have yielded results of 13-4-6-6 - and he ended 2017 in great touch as a couple of top-tens in three starts pushed him up to 12th in the Race To Dubai rankings.
Tip #1: James Morrison (each way@ 40/1 with Betfred.

Dean Burmester is the pick of the home hopefuls for us as he is another with progressive form at Glendower, where he has gone 66-10-4. A tie for 4th at the Dubai World Championship in November was a sixth top-ten of 2017 for the reigning Tshwane Open champion and he recorded an encouraging tie for 19th at the Joburg Open last time out.
Tip #2: Dean Burmester (each way) @ 25/1 with Betfred.com.

Outside Bets

In terms of course form, Thomas Aiken warrants respect as he has finished no worse than 17th in his past six appearances at Glendower, including back-to-back top-five efforts, but the 55/1 shot has been in poor touch of late.

Trevor Fisher Jr has also struggled for form recently but his record at Glendower is impressive (7-15-8-5) and he can be backed at 80/1 (Bet Victor).

2018 South African Open Odds

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6 13/2 6 6 6 6 - 6
6 15/2 7 7 13/2 13/2 - 7
16 18 14 14 16 16 - 16
25 25 20 20 25 25 - 22
28 28 25 25 28 28 - 25
25 28 25 25 28 28 - 25
25 28 25 25 25 25 - 25
40 40 40 40 35 33 - 33
33 40 33 33 33 33 - 33
45 50 40 40 40 40 - 40
35 35 40 40 40 40 - 40
40 40 40 40 30 33 - 33
35 40 25 25 30 33 - 33
40 35 40 40 50 40 - 40
45 40 33 33 50 50 - 50
50 55 40 40 55 50 - 50
45 35 50 50 45 40 - 40
50 66 40 40 66 40 - 50
55 66 50 50 50 50 - 66
50 66 66 66 50 50 - 50
40 66 50 50 50 50 - 50
- - - - 66 - - -
66 45 50 50 66 66 - 66
45 66 50 50 66 50 - 66
55 80 80 80 80 80 - 80
60 45 50 50 60 66 - 66
70 70 50 50 66 66 - 66
80 70 80 80 80 80 - 80
60 66 66 66 40 40 - 66
50 70 80 80 45 50 - 66
50 60 66 66 80 80 - 66
66 80 80 80 55 66 - 66
70 70 66 66 90 80 - 80
80 80 80 80 75 80 - 80
80 100 80 80 100 80 - 80
100 110 100 100 110 80 - 100
100 100 100 100 90 100 - 100
100 50 80 80 90 80 - 80
- 125 100 100 - - - 100
100 - - - 125 125 - -
100 125 125 125 80 80 - 100
100 90 100 100 100 100 - 100
80 70 100 100 66 66 - 100
125 125 100 100 80 80 - 100
95 90 66 66 80 80 - 80
80 110 125 125 125 80 - 80
100 110 100 100 140 125 - 125
100 125 100 100 125 125 - 100
80 100 66 66 80 150 - 66
150 150 100 100 125 125 - 100
125 150 150 150 125 125 - 125
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100 125 150 150 125 125 - 125
100 100 125 125 110 100 - 80
125 150 150 150 150 150 - 125
150 150 125 125 160 150 - 125
150 125 150 150 175 150 - 150
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125 125 125 125 160 150 - 150
125 200 150 150 150 150 - 150
175 150 150 150 175 150 - 150
125 150 150 150 140 150 - 150
175 100 150 150 200 150 - 150
175 125 150 150 150 150 - 150
125 150 150 150 160 150 - 150
175 200 200 200 175 150 - 150
200 125 125 125 140 125 - 150
200 100 125 125 200 150 - 150
200 90 100 100 100 100 - 125
150 110 100 100 100 100 - 125
175 200 150 150 140 125 - 150
150 125 200 200 - - - 200
175 200 150 150 160 150 - 200
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200 200 150 150 200 200 - 200
175 150 150 150 175 150 - 200
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200 200 200 200 - - - -
200 250 200 200 200 200 - 200
- - - - 250 - - -
200 150 150 150 250 200 - 200
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150 150 150 150 200 150 - 150
250 150 200 200 175 150 - 150
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250 250 150 150 175 150 - 200
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300 300 250 250 275 250 - 250
200 250 250 250 275 - - 250
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250 300 150 150 350 250 - 250
150 300 250 250 350 300 - 300
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350 400 200 200 300 300 - 300
175 250 250 250 350 300 - 300
400 300 300 300 400 400 - 300
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500 400 500 500 - - - 500
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375 400 300 300 400 300 - 300
- - - - 400 300 - 250
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500 400 300 300 - - - 300
400 400 500 500 400 - - 300
300 300 250 250 400 300 - 300
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400 400 500 500 400 - - 500
500 - 300 300 400 - - -
300 400 300 300 400 400 - 300
350 400 500 500 400 400 - 500
300 400 300 300 400 300 - 300
275 300 250 250 400 - - 250
400 400 300 300 - - - 300
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- 300 300 300 500 300 - 300
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500 - 500 500 1000 - - -
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1000 1500 500 500 1500 1000 - 1000
1000 1500 1000 1000 1500 1000 - 1000
500 1500 1000 1000 2500 - - 1000

*Odds correct as of 8th Jan, 19:58. Odds are subject to change.


Posted: Tuesday, 9th January 2018
Author: Chris Knight

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