The beautiful Leopard Creek Golf Course is the venue for this weeks Alfred Dunhill Championship, the final stop on the European and Sunshine Tours for the calendar year.
This event was not played last year to allow organisers to toughen up the course to make it more of a challenge for the pros. It is a spectacular setting and while the changes mean that previous course form may not be as good an indicator as it usually is, I have no doubt that Leopard Creek will provide plenty of entertainment and I expect the winning score to be lower than when Brandon Stone won in 2016 with a -21 total.
Louis Oosthuizen will be full of confidence after his win in the South African open and he tops the betting boards at 9/2 ahead of course specialist Charl Schwartzel at 15/2. Fellow South Africa, Branden Grace is also a past champion and you can back him at 17/2 and there is 10/1 and better the field.
2016 – Brandon Stone -21
2015 – Charl Schwartzel -15
2014 – Branden Grace -20
2013 – Charl Schwartzel -17
2012 – Charl Schwartzel -24
Louis Oosthuizen 9/2
Charl Schwartzel 15/2
Branden Grace 17/2
Matt Wallace 10/1
Dylan Frittelli 14/1
Romain Langasque 25/1
28/1 and better the balance, prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change.
Charl Schwartzel each way at 15/2.
Schwartzel made a welcome return to form with a 3rd place finish at Rand Park last week. He has an incredible record at Leopard Creek and in his last 7 appearances he has won 3 times and finished lower than 4th only once.
Scott Jamieson each way at 100/1
Jamieson is another player who enjoys this course and he has a top 3 and top 4 finish to his credit here. His current form is very poor though and that explains his triple figure price but he is a golfer that often goes well in South Africa and I am happy to include him this week.
Haydn Porteous each way at 50/1
Porteous just missed the places last week at Rand Park but his top 10 finish certainly had me noting him down for this week. To be fair he doesn’t have any course form to back things up but he is a player I expect to improve and I am looking for a big 2019, hopefully starting early with success here.
Oliver Wilson each way at 125/1
Given that I am backing Schwartzel who is near the top of the betting boards I have cast my net very wide for the rest of my selections and none wider than Oliver Wilson, a man who has been in the golfing doldrums for a few years. He doesn’t have much in the way of course form but showed with a top 3 finish last week that his game is coming together again and he could be worth chancing at a massive price.
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