South African Open
December 1, 2021 11:00 pm EDT
This week, the Sunshine Tour travels to Sun City, South Africa for the South African Open.
Before I discuss my favorite golf bets for this week’s Sunshine Tour event let’s take a look at the golf course the field will play and the key player statistics that I think are the most important to a player’s success at the South African Open.
The South African Open will be played at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, South Africa. This track is a par 72 that measures approximately 7,834 yards. However, it should be mentioned that this event will be held at altitude which will actually have the golf course play at around 7,300 yards. The Gary Player Country Club debuted as the tournament host of the South African Open last year.
Christiaan Bezuidenhout won the 2020 South African Open with a cumulative four round score of 18 under par.
The key player statistics I will be focusing on for this event are GIR (greens in regulation), driving distance, bogey avoidance, birdie or better percentage, and putts per GIR.
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Now let’s shift our focus to my favorite golf bets for the South African Open!
Here is a golfer to consider placing on your card to finish in the top ten.
J.C. Ritchie +250
The 27 year old South African arrives at this week’s Sunshine Tour event on the heels of two consecutive top eight finishes (Sunshine Tour and European Challenge Tours combined), including an eighth place result at the Joburg Open last week.
I also like the fact that J.C. Ritchie has performed well at this week’s event in the past. More specifically, Ritchie finished fifth at the 2020 South African Open.
Here are two golfers to consider placing on your card to finish in the top 20.
Alex Haindl +375
Alex Haindl has accumulated four top 20 finishes in his last ten tournaments played on the Sunshine Tour, including two wins (2021 Vodacom Origins Of Golf, 2021 Sunbelt Challenge).
Oliver Bekker +200
The 36 year old South African has accumulated four top 20 finishes in his last seven tournaments played (Sunshine Tour and European Challenge Tours combined), including a second place result at the 2021 British Challenge in September.
Additionally, Oliver Bekker finished 20th at the 2020 South African Open.