2018 Joburg Open

Fantasy Golf Picks and Betting Odds for the 2018 Joburg Open at Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

THE COURSE

Randpark Golf Club (Firethorn & Bushwillow) – The event this week will be played across two 18-holes courses at the Randpark Golf Club (which also has a 9-hole course on site). Both courses, Firethorn and Bushwillow, will play relatively short due to the Johannesburg altitude. Firethorn is the tougher of the two tracks and will host rounds 3 and 4 on the weekend. The finishing three holes have been described as “death or glory,” so Sunday afternoon promises to produce some fireworks. Both courses are defined by target shots and tight, tree-lined fairways. On paper, the course looks long, but will actually play shorter due to the altitude. UPDATE: Heavy rains on Tuesday morning will make the course play soft and a bit longer than it would have dry.

When making picks this week, we’ll be favoring Driving Accuracy, GIR, putting, South African players, and recent form.

The 2000 South African Open was the last event played here, and a few names that were on that entry list are here this week. Those names are: Darren Fichardt, Hennie Otto, Adilson Da Silva, Keith Horne, Thomas Aiken, and Wallie Coetsee.

 

PAST WINNERS

2017  – 15   Darren Fichardt   (Runner Up:  – 14   Stuart Manley, Paul Waring)

2016  – 18  Haydn Porteous    (Runner Up:  -16  Zander Lombard)

2015  – 17  Andy Sullivan   (Runners Up:  – 15   Wallie Coetsee, David Howell, Kevin Phelan, Jaco van Zyl, Anthony Wall)

2014  – 19   George Coetzee   (Runners Up:  -16  Tyrrell Hatton, Jin Jeong, Justin Walters)

ODDS    (Bovada 12/4/2017)

Louis Oosthuizen   +500

Dylan Fritelli  +800

George Coetzee  +1400

Paul Peterson  +2000

Dean Burmester  +2500

Darren Fichardt  +2500

Haydn Porteous  +2500

Shaun Norris  +2500

Ashun Wu  +3300

Matt Wallace  +3500

Thomas Aiken  +4000

Sam Horsfield  +5000

 

WHO’S HOT

Dylan Fritelli

Dean Burmester

Paul Peterson

Romain Langasque

Louis De Jager

Oliver Bekker

George Coetzee

Justin Walters

 

HORSES FOR THE COURSE

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LONGER SHOTS

Romain Langasque  +5000

Anders Hansen  +6600

James Morrison   +6600

Joel Stalter  +6600

Justin Walters  +6600

Aaron Rai  +7000

Gavin Green  +7000

Louis De Jager  +7000

Jazz Janewattananond  +8000

Jbe Kruger  +8000

Oliver Bekker  +8000

Scott Vincent  +8000

Keith Horne  +10000

Zander Lombard  +10000

Masahiro Kawamura  +12500

Adilson Da Silva  +15000

Hennie Otto  +15000

Phacara Khongwatmai  +15000

Nathan Kimsey  +20000

Tapio Pulkkanen  +20000

 

FAITHFULS

Louis Oosthuizen

George Coetzee

Dean Burmester

Thomas Aiken

James Morrison

 

THE ‘FORE’SOME   

Dylan Fritelli. Fritelli is far too fire at the moment not to take. The guy is throwing nothing but darts and his confidence is through the roof. If 8:1 isn’t good enough for you to bet (it doesn’t sound attractive to us), maybe the best bet further down is the American, Paul Peterson. At 20:1, we love that value for a young stick who played lights out two weeks ago in Hong Kong. Also, the returning champ from last year’s event, albeit on a different course, Darren Fichardt, has experience on this track dating back to 2000 and is going off at 25:1. He also played really well after showing up at the last second at the Nedbank only a few weeks ago. So his game is strong. Might be a great each way wager.

Romain Langasque & Justin Walters.  We originally had Aiken in this first slot, but have changed him out for the Frenchman. Langasque (50:1) was too hot last week not to take at this value. His length will help on this course that is now sopping wet after Tuesday’s downpour. Add in 80% GIR and 67.5 scoring average from last week…yeah, we’ll take him. Justin Walters looked absolutely great last week in Mauritius, too. And, he finished T3 in this event two years ago on the Royal Johannesburg course. At 66:1, we really like the experienced South African.  (Gavin Green at 70:1 may also be worth a small wager).

Oliver Bekker. At 80:1 there’s a lot to like about Bekker this week. Finished T9 last week at the Mauritius. The South African is in good form and can bomb and putt. (Kruger and Khongwatmai are also worth a long look at this value).

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