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||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
|South African Open|
|Tips||James Morrison (each way) - MC Best Bet||@ 40 / 1|
|Dean Burmester (each way) - T54||@ 25 / 1|
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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 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.
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
*Odds correct as of 8th Jan, 19:58. Odds are subject to change.
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