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Golf Betting Tips – Joburg Open

Golf Betting Tips – Joburg Open
Thursday, 23 February 2017

Free golf betting tips for the Joburg Open. The European Tour returns to South Africa this week for the co-sanctioned event and, as in previous years, the tournament will be played across Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club’s East and West courses. The field plays each course over the first two rounds, before the East Course hosts the final two days of action.

The East Course, which has also hosted several South African Open Championships, is definitely the tougher of the two tracks, with the West Course offering the greater chance of a low score. The two classic parkland courses both play shorter than their official yardage, due to being played at altitude, and low scoring has certainly been the norm here since its inception in 2007.

Recent results indicate the power hitters have an advantage in this event, and with plenty of rain forecast in the lead up to the event, and also on Thursday and Friday, softer conditions could play into the hands of the power merchants. Similar to Dubai this year, last week’s Genesis Open in LA was another example of how draw bias can basically rule out those players on the wrong side of the draw, with the early starters on Friday having to battle through wind and torrential rain.

Golf betting tips for the Joburg Open

This years renewal is not the strongest by any means, but it is an event where the top home players have historically fared well in. However with some of the best South Africans playing in The Honda Classic this week, this  renewal has a decidedly open looking feel about it this year. At least we are back to a traditional 72 hole stroke play format for punting this week after last weeks quirky World Super 6 event in Australia. Justice was at least seen to be done in Perth with local hero Brett Rumford leading the 54 hole stroke play qualifiers of the event by five shots, and then going on to triumph in the final day 24 man match-play shootout.

Thomas Aiken 20/1 E/W Paddy Power (7 Places)

The first betting tip this week is Thomas Aiken, who has already posted a Tied 4th and a Tied 5th in the two previous South African tour events this season. He also played well  to finish Tied 4th in Qatar before, on the face of it, two rather disappointing performances in Dubai and Malaysia in his last two starts. I’m happy to ignore the Dubai outing as he was basically on the wrong side of the draw and Malaysia was probably a tournament too far after playing five weeks in succession. Hopefully a week’s break should have freshened the Johannesburg born golfer up for a bold show at an event where he has such a consistent record. Other than a missed cut in 2010, his form stats here read T12-3-T24-T6-T5-T10 for this classy tee to green merchant who leads the Greens in Regulation stats this season and must go well in this class of field.

Dean Burmester 28/1 E/W Paddy Power Power (7 places)

The second golf tip this week is another South African, Dean Burmester, who has started the year in great fashion with a 4th place finish in the SA Open and a 7th place finish in a stellar field in Abu Dhabi. He has continued his rich vein of form with two good performances on the Sunshine Tour in the last two weeks. A 4th place finish in the Eye of Africa PGA Championship was followed by a Tied 17th place in the Dimension Data Pro-Am last week, where only a poor second round put paid to his chance. The huge hitting 27 year old won the 2016 Investec Cup (Order of Merit) in his homeland with four victories and eight other top 10 finishes in eighteen starts, He also has course form having finished Tied 13th here in 2015. If the rains arrive, and the course softens considerably, this is one player who will definitely be licking his lips!