Golf Betting Tips – Nedbank Golf Challenge
Nedbank Golf Challenge preview and betting tips. The second event in The Final Series is the Nedbank Golf Challenge, which takes place at the Gary Player Country Club, Sun City, South Africa. This well established tournament was originally played as a 12 player invitational event since its inception in 1981, but was changed in 2013 when the size of the field was increased to 30 players.
Another tweak in the format this year is the increase to a 72 man field, and the event taking its place in the lucrative Final Series for the first time. Plenty of withdrawals again this week means bizarrely 84th place in the rankings gets a game this week. Not a particularly glowing endorsement for the much hyped Final Series!
This mammoth 7,831yds Par 72 layout is a flat tree lined track with small greens and fairly narrow fairways, and water comes into play on holes 9,17 and 18. Expect thrills and spills on the risk and reward Par 5 ninth hole, which is definitely the signature hole on this golf course. Length has to be an advantage this week, particularly if the rough is not very penal again this year. Another factor to consider for tipping purposes, is that the vast majority of this field are making their course debuts this week, so experienced Sun City campaigners could have a significant edge. Hot humid conditions, with the usual threat of thunderstorms are forecast for the tournament.
With more triple digit priced winners last week, that even the most optimistic of soothsayers could have predicted, its been tough going recently for golf punters. Hopefully our two tips this week can swell the coffers again.
Golf betting tips for the Nedbank Golf Challenge
Henrik Stenson 9/2 Win Betfair
The top tip this week is awarded to Henrik Stenson who currently heads the Race to Dubai standings despite sitting out last weeks big money event in Turkey. With his main rival Danny Willett still struggling badly with his game, and Rory Mac seemingly throwing in the towel by missing the first two gigs in the Final series, the genial Swede could well seal the deal before next weeks finale in Dubai.
The Swede arrives here off the back of a Tied 2nd place finish in the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, where all aspects of his game looked in rude health. (see the video for his final putt on 18th). Unlike many in the field, he does have stellar course form, having won in 2008, and finishing runner-up on two other occasions, including in last years renewal. This lengthy layout sets up perfectly for his long straight driving, and when added to his razor like iron play, everything points to another bold show. If the putter behaves, he could well outclass this field on his way to claiming another Race to Dubai title.
Ross Fisher 20/1 E/W Betfred
My other golf tip this week is the very much in-form Ross Fisher, who excluding a lacklustre effort at the British Masters, boasts recent form stats of 2-T2-T6. He played really well again in a top quality field in his latest outing at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai a couple of weeks ago. Despite a really sloppy final hole bogey in Shanghai which cost him plenty of Euros (as well this columns each-way supporters at 66/1 ouch!), he looks one of the few contenders at the top end of the market who we can definitely say are in good form.
He has shown a definite liking for this track, with a runner-up finish in 2014, a Tied 3rd place in 2009 and a Tied 5th place in 2010. This layout suits good ball strikers with plenty of length from the tee, so with both boxes ticked, expect another prominent showing from this likeable character.