BMW SA Open Preview
Ernie Els is one of the most widely respected golfers in the game. The South African has won some of the very biggest tournaments going and as such, younger players all over the world look up to the 47-year-old. This week, Els is competing in the BMW SA Open but it is his role as tournament ambassador which is of most importance.
The South African Open is the second oldest national golf tournament in the world (behind the Open as you’re asking) but its star has been on the wane in recent years. None of the top three ranked South African golfers have bothered to make an appearance at Glendower Golf Club this week and without Els’ pulling power there was a danger that its appeal would fall even further.
Thankfully, Els has worked his magic to bring along golfing stars of past and present. World number two Rory McIlroy is the main attraction but the galleries will also be excited by Andy Sullivan, defending champion, Brandon Stone and six-time major champion, Sir Nick Faldo.
No matter whether old or young, successful or up-and-coming, star name or nobody, there is a specific style of golf required to win at Glendower Golf Club. At 7,564 yards, Glendower is a long golf course so distance off the tee is important. It’s also important to display pin point accuracy with the irons as the fairways are tree-lined, the greens well bunkered and 11 holes have water in play.
You’ll get no prizes for guessing who is top of the outright betting this week.
Rory McIlroy may not have the best record in South Africa and he does have a host of new clubs in his bag but there is no doubting that he has the quality to win this tournament without ever getting into top gear.
At best odds of 5/2 with Sky Bet, you’re not going to get rich betting on McIlroy but can you afford to leave him out against this calibre of opposition?
In days gone by, picking the winner of the SA Open used to be as simple as working out which South African player was in the best form. International golfers have had the better of it in recent years but there are a couple of home favourites well positioned to challenge McIlroy at Glendower.
First up is Thomas Aiken. The 33-year-old tried to crack the PGA Tour in 2016 but to no avail. Aiken will hope that his American experience will toughen him up and provide him with an edge on the European Tour where he’s already bagged three wins.
Aiken ended 2016 with a fourth-place finish at the Alfred Dunhill Championship. If he can continue with that sort of form he should be able to place and make us some profit from an each-way bet at 28/1 with Betfair.
Finally, throw a couple of pounds in the direction of Retief Goosen. The Goose has been on the comeback trail for some time now. He’s playing well and, backed by the home galleries, he could just flourish this week at odds of 70/1 with 888Sport.
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