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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 20:47

The BMW SA Open 2017, Betting Preview



The Glendower Country Club in Johannesburg is one again the host venue for the South African Open a European and Sunshine Tour sanctioned event from the 12th to the 15th of January.


Glendower has hosted this event since 2014 and 3 times previously dating back to 1989. It is a par 72 layout with plenty of trees and bunkers as well as water to consider on more than half of the holes. Length off the tee is a definite advantage and the course should be soft after recent rains. The field itself is a touch disappointing with one glaring exception. Rory McIlroy tees it up and he is a short priced favourite especially given the no show of some of South Africa’s top players.

Past Winners (last 3 at this venue)

2016 – Brandon Stone -14

2015 – Andy Sullivan -11 *

2014 – Morten Orum Madsen -19

2012 – Henrik Stenson -17

2011 – Hennie Otto -14



McIlroy 22/10

Stone 10/1

Sullivan 14/1

Sterne 20/1

Aiken 22/1

Bland 30/1

35/1 and better the balance

Prices correct at time of writing but subject to change 


World Sports Betting are offering an attractive promotion this week (see banner below) and should your fancy finish 2nd to big favourite McIlroy you will be paid out your innings in free bets (up to R2000) – if Rory adjusts to his new clubs and comes in motivated he will be very hard to beat so in this way we are basically getting inflated odds in a tournament priced without Rory.

George Coetzee at 35/1 – each way

There were signs in 2016 that his game was on its way back and hopefully he will come out motivated and fit ahead of the 2017 challenges that lie ahead.

Christiaan Bezuidenhout at 45/1 – each way

He pushed eventual winner Stone last year (Stone by the way is 10/1 when compared to 50/1 last year) and while I was a bit disappointed with him at the back end of 2016 he likes the course and clearly has the talent to win his national open.

Retief Goosen at 60/1 – each way

It has been many years since Goosen stood on the winners rostrum but he showed up at the top of a few leaderboards last year and given his pedigree and a relatively weak field I am hoping for a vintage performance from “The Goose”.

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