Monday, 11 February 2013

Africa Open 2013

Richard Sterne returned to the winners enclosure on Sunday when winning the Joburg Open, having come some close to winning in Dubai the week before, and he was due to play this week at East London GC for the Africa Open. He has withdrawan now following that victory and it now leaves this weeks event wide open. Thomas Aiken now heads the betting ahead of compatriot Jaco van Zyl. With such an open field this week, I think its wise to look at some value in the betting further down the book. Last week I put up Lee Slattery at 150/1 on the back of some solid conistency in his results and but for a level par round last Friday he may well have challenged for a place in Johannesburg. He eventually finished top 20 and because of that I cannot ignore the 75/1 on offer this week in a much weaker field. The course will reward patient golfers and the Englishman is approaching 2013 with a lot of confidence and could go under the radar this week.
 My second selection this week is South African, Tjaart Van der Walt @45/1. Recent course form and decent enough effort last week suggests he could go well here and of the South Africans represents good value alongside Jbe Kruger. Both these home players will see this week as an opportunity to win and both are included on the staking plan. Kruger has top10s here the past 2 years and can challenge for the title this year.
As its an open field I had considered both Peter Whiteford and Ross McGowan at 150/1. With the three selections made above in a very weakish field it may be prudent to watch these two this week and add to the weekly investment by concentrating on the Northen Trust Open on the USPGA where a very strong field is assembling. Selections for that will be online Tuesday.

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TIP 1: 1 pt e/w Lee Slattery @ 75/1

TIP 2: 1 pt e/w Tjaart Van der Walt @ 45/1

TIP 3: 1 pt e/w Jbe Kruger @ 28/1