The South African Open Golf Betting Tips
Bet UK’s golf betting expert Luke Tredget brings you the latest golf betting tips ahead of the 2018 South African Open.
Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg will host the prestigious South African Open this year. Randpark last hosted the event in the year 2000, but was used last year for the Joburg Open so there are some bits of course form to go on. Randpark boasts two layouts, Bushwillow and Firethorn, both of which will be used this week. Both are par 71 tracks, with Bushwillow being the easier and playing some 400 yards shorter than Firethorn. The field will play each course once on Thursday and Friday, and those that make the cut will play the tougher Firethorn twice more at the weekend.
Big Names At The South African Open
Bet UK make Louis Oosthuizen their favourite and it’s hard to argue with that assessment. Oosthuizen has been playing some top class golf for a while now, his long game has been in especially good nick. The sweet swinging South African looks sure to go well, but backing a player who wins so rarely at single figures in what is a mammoth 240 runner field doesn’t seem like good business sense and we’ll pass despite Oosthuizen being the week’s most likely winner. Next in the betting is Matt Wallace and he’s arriving on the back of a wonderful season in which he has notched up a remarkable three wins. He’s finished 2nd and 5th on his last two starts and finished a perfectly acceptable 30th in the Joburg Open last year. All in all it’s hard to pick any holes in the case for Wallace, but at around 10/1* his price makes little appeal in this ginormous field. A trio of South Africans fill the next three places in the betting. Firstly Branden Grace, who is playing steadily without pulling up any trees, this week is likely to be a low scoring shootout and Grace would prefer a tougher test where he excels in grinding out a good score. Dylan Frittelli arrives in good heart, but like many at the head of the market he looks short enough to pass over, whilst Charl Schwartzel owes his prominence in the betting to his name and reputation rather than what he is currently doing on the golf course. There are two other South African major winners in the field, but a victory for either Trevor Immelman or Ernie Els would be a nostalgic surprise.
Our only selection from those towards the head of the market will be 28 year old South African Erik Van Rooyen at Bet UK’s 24/1*. Van Rooyen has enjoyed an excellent 2018 and his maiden European Tour win will surely come sooner rather than later. 2017 saw Van Rooyen win twice on the minor tours, including once in his home country on The Sunshine Tour. In last year’s Joburg Open the gifted South African showed his liking for this week’s venue by posting an excellent 2nd place finish where he notably led the field in the Greens In Regulation stats. He was a respectable 26th when last seen in action in the top class Dubai field and everything points to Van Rooyen having a big week in a tournament he would no doubt love to win.
Arguably the best value in this monster sized field is the powerful young South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout. He’s been on many serious golf followers radar for a couple of years now and it maybe time Bezuidenhout turned his obvious physical gifts into better results. Like Van Rooyen he has already won on home soil, albeit in much lesser company than he will need to beat here. Bezuidenhout has a tremendous long game and that was in evidence for three rounds at this venue in last year’s Joburg Open, he entered the final round in 7th place but faltered to finish an ultimately disappointing 30th. Last week in Mauritius Bezuidenhout’s power packed tee to green game was again on display when he ended up 15th despite not putting particularly well, and an improved performance with the flat stick should see the 24 year old go well this week.
Our third selection at Bet UK’s 60/1* is another powerful slugger who went well at this venue last year. Tapio Pulkkanen from Finland finished 3rd in the Joburg Open last year and that week he drove the ball superbly, leading the driving accuracy stats as well as being 17th in the driving distance standings. Pulkkanen isn’t usually that accurate, but his power is not to be doubted and this week’s likely low scoring birdie fest should be right up his street. All things considered he looks overpriced.
Our fourth selection requires a bit of a leap of faith given his average current form, but at 125/1* with Bet UK 26 year old South African Jacques Kruyswijk warrants a small wager. Kruyswijk has generally struggled on the European Tour this year, but showcased his considerable promise in the Czech Masters when finishing 7th. Since then it’s been hard work for this talented youngster but perhaps a return to his homeland may ignite a golf game that still has serious potential.
Our fifth and final selection is another 90/1* shot. Forrest has recently graduated from The Challenge Tour and is already relishing his debut season in the big time. The 25 year old from Scotland has impressed on his two starts, finishing 36th in Hong Kong and 7th in Mauritius. Forrest had a highly decorated amateur career which included a Walker Cup appearance and it’s already looking likely that his professional career will follow suit. He looks worth chancing at a huge price to build on last week’s excellent effort in Mauritius.
Bet UK’s Golf Betting Tips
|2pts EW||Erik Van Rooyen||24/1*|
|1.5pts EW||Christiaan Bezuidenhout||63/1*|
|1pt EW||Tapio Pulkkanen||60/1*|
|0.5pts EW||Jacques Kruyswijk||125/1*|
|0.5pts EW||Grant Forrest||90/1*|
*All odds from Bet UK’s online sportsbook correct at the time of writing.
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