2011 Alfred Dunhill Championship
Leopard Creek CC, Malelane, South Africa 17 Nov 2011 - 20 Nov 2011
George Coetzee 15/1
With Charl Schwartzel away at the President’s Cup and Thomas Aiken playing his eighth week in a row many South African eyes will be turning to one of my favourite players of the year George Coetzee. With six top 10’s already this season George lies 26th in the Race in Dubai and has the potential to rise much higher after the South African swing. Taking into account his last start at Valderrama was a disaster and was his fifth week competing in a row, there’s not many who are bringing a form line like his into this week with a third in Portugal followed by a sixth at the Castello Masters. Deserving of a win this week after romping home with Mark James in the Gary Player Invitational on Sunday.
Jbe Kruger 32/1
Another of the South African contingent to look out for this week is Jbe Kruger. He’s been in the top 30 in his last three events and 13th last week in Singapore. That has lifted Jbe to 99th in the race to Dubai and he’ll be keen to secure his rights for next year over the next few weeks. Tied for tenth last year and went onto play well at the Africa Open also.
Robert Rock 19/1
The BMW Italian Open champion seems to love coming out to Leopard Creek and has performed well here for the past three years. After tying second when Richard Sterne won in 2008, Rock tied fourth in 2009 and tied eighth last year. It could have been so much better 12 months ago too but for a Saturday 75 which ultimately cost him dear. Big Chances.
Jaco Van Zyl 26/1
Jaco is 54th in the Race To Dubai which is very impressive given that he hasn’t played an event on the European Tour since the Madrid Masters. Four straight top 20’s in Europe including tied for third in Crans Sur Sierre and tied ninth at the Dunhill Links before he headed back to the Sunshine Tour. Second last week when paired with Ian Woosnam at Gary Player’s event at Zimbali Lodge.
Best Of The Rest
Pablo Martin 34/1 has won this event for the past two years but before you rush out to back him be aware that he missed the cut or withdrawn from his past seven events. When he’s good, he’s great, when he’s bad, he’s terrible! Darren Fichardt 48/1 has been in the best form of the Sunshine Tour contingent this week with top six results in his last four events including a win at the Suncoast Classic and has to be worth watching. A best of tied fourth in 2006 when Quiros won. Finally, my own sneaky fiver each way will be on Lee Slattery 48/1 who won the Madrid Masters earlier this year. Lee did really well here in 2007 when John Bickerton won and is having his best run of results for a long time.
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