Nedbank Golf Challenge
Gary Player CC, Sun City, SA, 08th –11th November 2018
The Gary Player Country Club is a golf club in Sun City, South Africa, named after golf icon and Grand Slam winner, Gary Player. It is home to one of the world’s longest golf courses, at almost 8,000 yards.
The Gary Player designed championship course is widely considered to be one of the best in South Africa, and one of the world’s top 100. It has been voted the best several times by both Golf Digest and Complete Golfer, the leading golf magazines in the country. Player has designed almost 400 championship courses around the world, but this is the only course that officially carries his name.
The club also has a Gary Player Spa, restaurant and pro shop. The course is one of two within the Sun City Resort, the other being the Lost City Golf Course, with its famous crocodile hole with the green in the shape of the African continent, which was also designed by Gary Player but in a desert African style.
Every year the club stages the Nedbank Golf Challenge, hosted by Gary Player and is one of the world’s richest golf tournaments.
- 2017 – Braden Grace
- 2016 – Alex Noren
- 2016 – Marc Leishman
- 2015 – Danny Willett
- 2014 – Thomas Bjorn
Lee Westwood (ENG) 40/1
Thinking it is about time Mr Westwood got his winning boots back on. His last win was way back in 2014 at the Maybank. We watched him a lot last Thursday where he came out shooting a brilliant 66 and also closed with the same 66 on Sunday, just the bit in between was poor with rounds of 72/74 saw him slip down the leader board. The putter is working well this year with 29.5 putts per round where he sits in 19th position on the European Tour. Always been a great driver of the ball and combined with his high percentage of greens in regulation this season will set up for a lot of birdies. Oh and I nearly forgot to mention he has won this event back to back 2010/2011. In fact he has played this event a total of eight times and had six top ten finishes. I like first round leader bet here as well at around 33/1
Danny Willett (ENG) 33/1
Going to keep Danny in again this week. He held on to get us a good place finish last week and looked good over the week, well until the Sky team interviewed him live on the course. :o) Winner of this event back in 2014 so likes the set up here. He also seems to continue a good run of form so I think he will go well again this week.
Martin Kaymer (GER) 45/1
Another player who is well overdue a win. I feel he is also playing better coming into this week than last year where he had a nice fifth place finish. He seems to be finding his overall scoring game which he proved in Turkey last week with rounds of 66/69/69/66. Winner here back in 2012. Currently sitting in 51st position on the race to Dubai and feel he should make a big push this week to get inside the top fifty.
Eric Van Rooyen (RSA) 55/1
A player who has bagged us some cash in the past and a very talented golfer. Yet to win on the European Tour but has been knocking on that door. Second at the Joburg Open, fourth in Dubai, fifth in Demark and the results keep getting better. His game should be ideal around here this week, drivers it miles and straight add to that his 73.4% greens in regulation will be setting up a lot of chances on the greens. And with his international wins, he has had a lot of very good results in Sun City.
First Round Leader bets:
- Lee Westwood – 35/1 PP paying 1/5 Odds -6 places ew
- Padraig Harrington – 45/1 PP paying 1/5 Odds -6 places ew
Shriners Hospital’s Open
TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, NV, 01st –04th November 2018
TPC at Summerlin is a private golf club in the western United States, located within the planned community of Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada; a highly affluent neighborhood within the Las Vegas Valley, west of central Las Vegas.
Opened 27 years ago in 1991, the championship golf course was designed by Bobby Weed and is a member of the Tournament Players Club network operated by the PGA Tour. It hosts the tour’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, formerly the Las Vegas Invitational, played in October. The average elevation of the course is approximately 2,700 feet above sea level. This course was featured in the PS1 version of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2001.
- 2018 – Patrick Cantlay – Odds 20/1
- 2017 – Rod Pampling – Odds 300/1
- 2016 – Smiylie Kaufman – Odds 250/1
- 2015 – Ben Martin – Odds 225/1
- 2014 – Webb Simpson – Odds 20/1
- 2012 – Ryan Moore – Odds 14/1
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Players on the short list who could perform well:
- (USA) 150/1 – Texas born with a wealth of talent playing these type of tracks. Played only twice here before 66th 43rd I feel he will make the cut, normally a slow starter but Saturday’s rounds normally he comes alive.
- (USA) 125/1 – Going on the past few winners here apart from Cantlay. On the main experience and course knowledge is a big factor here and he has played this event eight times and has always made the cut. Runner up in 2014 and four top 25’s.
First Round Leader
- Jhonattan Vegas (USA) 100/1 – ¼ Odds 6 places around
Turkish Airlines Open
Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, Antalya, Turkey 01st – 04th Nov 2018
The course is inspired by the traditional old English style heathland courses in the surrey area outside of London such as Wentworth, Sunningdale, Walton Heath and The Berkshire.
The construction of Carya Golf Course has involved the planting of close to 1 million heather plants to strengthen the heathland environment that already exisits.
The Course is designed to challenge the best players in the world, but at the same time be a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Carya adds a new concept and raises the bar even greater to the already popular and high standards of golf in Belek.
- Design THOMSON PERRETT & LOBB Golf Course Architects
- Grand Opening November 2008
- Surface 260 acres (104 ha), heathland course set in pine forest
- Greens Average per green approximately 600 m2
- Tees Five tees per hole
- Fairways Challenging and undulating with plenty of strategic options
- 75 Bunkers with heather covered edges
- Three Lakes
- 2017 – Justin Rose – Odds 8/1
- 2017 – Thorbjorn Olesen – Odds 125/1
- 2016 – Victor Dubuisson – Odds 45/1
- 2015 – Brooks Koepka – Odds 33/1
- 2013 – Victor Dubusisson – Odds 80/1
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Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA) 30/1
What a performance last week at the WGC. Just shows you since his missed cut at the KLM Open a month ago he played at the CIMB showed a solid top 35 finish and then backs that up with a 4th place last week. Four time winner on the European Tour and could be his best chance to seal his 5th this week as everything seems to be pointing in the right direction. One thing the team have noticed this week is the setup and overall course design is very similar to the likes of Wentworth and Sunningdale. His records at Wentworth are pretty good reading too:
- 2018 – 5th Place
- 2017 – 14th Place
- 2015 – 27th Place
Used to travelling all over the world and seems to always perform to a high level of golf week in week out, one thing that he has done this year and been able to pick the events he can play in due to his 37th world ranking position. Should go well, I also like the first round leader bet his last four starts here he has averaged 67.75 with odds of 25/1 paying 5/6 places everywhere. WIN
Haotong Li (CHN) 25/1
How consistent has his form been over the past few weeks. His amazing finish last week saw him creep inside the world’s top 50.
A lover of the European Tour events especially Turkey where he was a runner up back in 2016 with rounds of 66-68-68-65. I feel in a better place with his game this week and should shine.
Danny Willett (ENG) 100/1
I have only ever tipped Danny twice 1st was at the Masters 2016 at 70/1 where he won and then the Irish Open in 2017 at 125/1 where he looked good for a while but with no return that week.
The team noticed some of that brilliant play over in the US this year at the CJ Cup with an opening round 69 and an even better final round of 65 finishing in 23rd spot. He has been starting events well just not been able to put all four rounds together. Lots of experience playing at Wentworth and Walton Health which is very similar to here. He has also finished 4th and 11th here in the past so could he get everything clicking this week. I like the 80/1 first round leader bet and a top ten place you can get 8’s in places.