You can make a case for many at Durban Country Club with the elite field made up of last seasons winners and some European Tour legends. However here’s who I fancy to contend.
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Branden Grace 12/1
Hard to believe this is only Branden’s 75th Tour event. His 2012 season kicked off with wins at the Joburg Open and at the Volvo Golf Champions at Fancourt where he beat Ernie and Retief in a playoff. Grace put on a short game masterclass last season and I expect him to come out all guns blazing again this time around. Third favourite behind Louis Oosthuizen from Mossel Bay and Ernie.
Padraig Harrington 22/1
Podge definitely wont be one who needs to ‘ease’ in the season gradually; he’s on record as saying he’s never worked harder on his game. Last years tied 10th place finish in this event could and should have been much better but for a final round 76. After a top 10 in Dubai to finish 2012 , Harrington is the most generous each way odds at 22/1 I’ve seen in a while.
Nicolas Colsaerts 20/1
Finished fourth on his own last year but the real story was his incredible opening round of 64. The big batting Belgian incredibly birdied seven of the holes on the back nine at Fancourt (I didn’t think it could be done) on his way to a 64. Alright he lead by four and didn’t kick on, but with his power he is certainly worth a punt again this year.
Best Of The Rest
Watch out for the progress of a fully fit Paul Casey 25/1 this season. He finished with three top 10’s in his last four events of 2012 and has three career wins in the month of January. Casey’s last victory was the 2011 Volvo Golf Champions which was staged in Bahrain.
Bernd Wiesberger 33/1 is also on my watch list this week. I recall he played well in Johannesburg this time last year and was well on the pace throughout.
Finally if you’re looking for some long odds glory this week the word is Darren Clarke has put in a fair amount of practice over the Christmas so don’t discount big D at 66/1