2017 Joburg Open Betting Preview

February 23rd – 26th, 2017
Royal Johannesburg and Kensington G.C., Johannesburg,, South Africa
Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,656
Defending Champion: Haydn Porteous

2017 Joburg Open Betting Tips

The European Tour is back in South Africa this week for the Joburg Open from Royal Johannesburg and Kensington G.C.  It will be a birdie fest, the average winning score the last three years was 19 under and Richard Sterne got it to 27 under here four years ago.

Related: Great week for the tips at Riviera with Dustin Johnson winning at 10/1


Favourite Watch

Not much surprise that Richard Sterne is quoted at 16/1 joint favourite.  Twice a winner of this event, that last one we mentioned in 2013 and T10 here last year.  It's always hard to gauge current form with Richard, given he is injury prone, but he had a good solo second at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in December so surely worth a look.

Top Five Best Bets At The Joburg Open

Jaco Van Zyl 16/1

I've got to give the nod to Jaco Van Zyl after getting into a playoff recently in Qatar. Granted he didn't get the win but the performance of -5,-6, -5 across the par 3's, 4's and 5's was impressive coupled with just two bogeys all week.    Missed the cut here last year but arrives this time more in the form that yielded a T2 in 2015 and T3 in 2013.

George Coetzee 16/1

George missed the cut last time out at The Maybank but that was after an impressive T7 at the Dubai Desert Classic where he putted very well and scored consistently high across all the indicator stats.  The winner here in 2014 and has six consecutive top 25 finishes in the event since 2011.

Anthony Wall 28/1

A wise man on Tour once said to me that "when Anthony Wall wants money he just goes out and gets money; when he doesn't need it, he's not that pushed!"  Anthony was T3 here in 2016, T2 in 2015 and T10 in 2014 and they've installed a cash machine on the side of the clubhouse just for him.  Recent best of T21 in Qatar.

Thomas Aiken 22/1

Thomas started 2017 like a train with a T5 at the South Africa Open, then a T13 in Abu Dhabi and T4 in Qatar.  Performances have tailed a little since but back on home soil again this week he's surely one to watch.  Didn't play here last year, but Aiken has four top-10 finishes from the five years before that including a best of solo third in 2011.

Christian Bezuidenhout 55/1

I was hoping to see debutant Jordan Smith at longer odds than 18/1 this week so am looking at Christian Bezuidenhout from 55/1 to oblige us with a place.  He's in decent form with a T5 finish at the Dimension Data Pro Am on the Sunshine Tour a couple of weeks ago.  Played here for the first time last year and finished T22 so hoping for better this time around.

Long Odds Glory Shot

Trevor Fisher Jnr is quoted at 100/1 with the bookies which I think is crazy!  Trevor was T5 at the South Africa Open and has been T3, T6 and T13 on this course since 2012.

And Scot David Drysdale is also at 100/1.  He has been solo 3rd and T3 on the course since 2009 and has played well recently in South Africa with a T7 at the South Africa Open and T11 at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Spent a day making videos with David Howell last week and he's 125/1. Best of luck Howeller!

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