Nedbank Golf Challenge Betting Tips
After winning the WGC HSBC Champions in Shanghai, Justin Rose hopped on a plane to Turkey and repeated the trick with victory at the Turkish Airlines Open.
That win has taken Rose to within 135,000 points of Tommy Fleetwood at the top of the Race to Dubai rankings. However, the Olympic champion is not competing at the Nedbank Golf Challenge this week which gives Fleetwood the chance to sew up the title with victory in Sun City.
Gary Player Country Club a Fitting Venue for a Tournament of This Side
The Nedbank Golf Challenge has been taking place since 1981. Back in those earlier days it was an unofficial money event for small, invited fields. It’s changed a lot over the years to the point where it is one of the playoff events of the Race to Dubai but one thing’s never changed – the host venue.
Gary Player Country Club is a 7,831 yard par-72 layout which capable of testing the best players in the world.
The yardage is the first thing that catches the eye but the effects of altitude means it plays shorter than it looks. Still, plenty of powerful players have got the job done in Sun City over the years and the best drivers will have a real edge this week.
Gary Player CC is also a tough test of accuracy as well as power.
The fairways are narrow and surrounded by Kikuyu rough which can throw up some very nasty lies. Then there are the greens which are small and surrounded by bunkers. Hit them and players have a chance. Miss them and getting away with par is a very good result.
Fleetwood Worth Backing Again at a Course That Suits
Speaking before the Turkish Airlines Open, Tommy Fleetwood said that he hoped the closing stages of the Race to Dubai would be as boring as possible.
He entered the playoffs with a commanding lead and while that’s been whittled down by Rose, the 26-year-old can get the job done in Sun City.
Fleetwood’s last three appearances at Gary Player Country Club have yielded finishes of 14, 21, 14 which is encouraging given that he’s played the golf of his life this year.
He tops the European Tour stats for driving accuracy and greens hit in regulation. That’s a recipe for success at Sun City so back him to win at 20/1 with Bet365.
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Quality Drivers Colsaerts and Westwood Can Challenge
Nicolas Colsaerts was delighted to be in the hunt for a big win in Turkey last week. Unfortunately, a couple of poor holes and a missed birdie putt on the final hole cost him but he can take great heart from his battle with Rose down the stretch.
Colsaerts has long been a top quality driver but his iron play and putting are finally catching up after a long while away from the limelight. His odds have been cut this week but he still looks very good each-way value at 40/1 with Boylesports.
Lee Westwood didn’t get near the top of the leaderboard last week but he still played well enough to give him confidence at Gary Player CC, a course where he was won three times previously.
He remains one of the best drivers in the game and continues to work hard on all aspects of his game. He knows this course as well as anyone and also represents good value at 45/1 with 10Bet.
Long Odds Quality Drivers Worth Chancing
Given the strong record of the game’s best drivers in this tournament, it could pay to have a few small stakes bets at long odds this week.
Matthew Southgate (100/1 with Unibet) ranks well for driving accuracy, Haydn Porteous (100/1 with BetVictor) hits it as far as anybody in the field and Richie Ramsay (100/1 with Betfred) is an accurate driver playing some good golf at the moment.
Top Betting Offers
Tommy Fleetwood to win at 20/1 with Bet365
Nicolas Colsaerts each-way at 40/1 with Boylesports
Lee Westwood each-way at 45/1 with 10Bet
Matthew Southgate each-way 100/1 with Unibet
Haydn Porteous each-way at 100/1 with BetVictor
Richie Ramsay each-way at 100/1 with Betfred