Sun City and the Gary Player Country Club is the focus of attention this week as the penultimate leg of the Rolex Series takes place and we look at the event that they call “Africa’s Major” from a betting angle.
This will be the 3rd year that this tournament will take place in early November rather than its previous December slot and looking at the strength and depth of the 72 man field, the jury is probably still out as to whether or not that has been a success.
Rory Mcilroy tops the boards at 8/1 with Sergio Garcia a point behind him and they are followed in the betting by the South African pair, Oosthuizen and Grace at 14/1 and 16/1 respectively. Some decent quality at the top of the boards but a good few of the top European Tour stars have chosen to sit this out.
The Gary Player Country Club plays long but it is also important to be accurate off the tee and really wayward tee shots will find the thick rough and quite often a drop shot will be the only option. The course is generally there for low scoring however, if the wind does blow it makes this a really tricky test.
2017 – Branden Grace -11
2016 – Alex Noren -14
2015 – Marc Leishman -19
2014 – Danny Willett -18
2013 – Thomas Bjorn -20
Rory Mcilroy 8/1
Sergio Garcia 9/1
Louis Oosthuizen 14/1
Branden Grace 16/1
Haotong Li 18/1
Lucas Bjerregaard 18/1
28/1 and better the balance, prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change.
Sergio Garcia each way at 9/1
Sergio suffered something of a hangover since winning the Masters in 2017 but there are signs that his game is coming back, not least which is a victory in his last start 3 weeks ago in an event where he had an excellent record. He has played at Sun City since 2013 when he was 2nd in a limited field event but he also won here in 2001 and 2003 and he looks a big runner this week.
Branden Grace each way at 16/1
I was on Grace last year at the same price and although not as confident this year given his poor form coming into the event, I cannot ignore the fact that he has not finished outside the top 4 here in his last 3 starts.
Danny Willett each way at 28/1
Willett like Garcia went off the boil a bit after winning his Masters Tournament in 2016 but he is also showing signs of returning to form and was in the top 10 last week in Turkey. He won here back in 2014, was 4th in 2015 and in his last start in 2016 finished just outside the top 10.
Martin Kaymer each way at 40/1
Kaymer finished in the top 5 here last year and he is also a previous winner at this course, all be it, in a 12 man field. He has thrown in some good performances amongst missed cuts this season and was top 5 last week in Turkey so his game looks in good shape.
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