BMW SA Open Golf Tips & Preview 2017

BMW SA Open Golf Tips & Preview 2017

by 9th January 2017

BMW SA Open Betting Preview

It’s one of the oldest national golf championships in the world and has an air of authority about it. The South African Open Championship or the BMW SA Open hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni is one of the principal tournaments on the Sunshine Tour. And since 1997 – which was when it was co-sanctioned by the European Tour – the South African Open has occupied a pride of place in world golf.

BMW SA Open Tip One

Rory Mcilroy
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BMW SA Open Tip Two

Hennie Otto
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BMW SA Open Tip Three

Richard Bland
best odds @ 33/1 with Ladbrokes

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Venue & Prize Fund at the BMW SA Open hosted by City of Ekurhuleni
Glendower GC, City of Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa • Purse: ZAR15,000,000

The first formal event was organised way back in 1903 and the historic tournament opened its doors for black golfers from 1972. The tournament was originally played at the Durban Country Club in Durban but from 2011 it moved to the Serengeti Golf Club in Ekurhuleni. In 2013, the Glendower Golf Club became its home which is where the 2017 edition will be played from January 12th – 15th.

The Glendower Golf Club was originally designed by Charles Hugh Alison and was later redesigned in 1985 by Arthur Tomsett. The course measures 7,564 yards and has a par-score of 72. It is one of the most testing courses in this region with a total of 64 bunkers – 27 on the front nine and 37 on the back nine – making it a tricky affair for even the most experienced player.

With water hazards, a constant presence across the holes – 11 of the 18 holes – the players will be tested to the hilt on this course. The signature hole of the course is the 468-yar par-4 10th, which requires a long approach over a wide lake to the greens which have bunkers on either side of the putting surface. It’s rare to see a par score on this hole let alone a birdie.

Coming to previous winners of the SA Open, Gary Player tops the list of honours with 13 victories over four decades of action between 1956 and 1981. Bobby Locke won nine titles while Sid Brews was close behind on eight. Some of the recent winners include Ernie Els – who won it five times and is the player-host of the event, Henrik Stenson (2012), Andy Sullivan (2015) and Brandon Stone in 2016.

Stone’s victory last year was a stunning piece achievement, with the home favourite clinching the title after a dramatic final day. It was the 13th time a South African has won the title in 20 events since the South African Open joined the European Tour in 1997. This year’s roster will be highlighted by the presence of Rory McIlroy who will be up against Stone and Retief Goosen – who has won the SA Open twice in 1995 and 2005.

Rounding off the regional interest is the presence of rising Zimbabwe golf star Scott Vincent. The 24-year-old was recently named as Asian Tour’s Rookie of the Year after an impressive season in Asia and could be one of the players to watch out for this week. But there is no doubt that the current world number three McIlroy will be the star attraction at the 106th South African Open.

Golf Tips For BMW SA Open

Last week’s tips saw us finish with a slight loss as Jordan Spieth came in at a T3. He did finish with the best final round on Sunday and should take that form in to this weeks Sony Open. As long as he keeps the doubles and trebles of the card he could be ready to deliver.

Our top tip for the South African Open has to be Rory Mcilroy, he may be a short priced favourite but still represents the class act of the field. He ended up as FedEx Cup champion last year (2016) when winning two of the play-off events to nick the number one spot. Although he did not replicate that feat when trying to win the European Tour equivalent Race to Dubai where he finished 5th. He is worth our maximum bet of a 6pt win at odds of 2/1 with Ladbrokes.

Our second tip goes to a South African who has won this title in the past. Hennie Otto may of had a quiet time in recent months but has a high pedigree when it comes to playing in his home nation. A winner in 2011, he followed that up with a T9, T2 and a T13 in the following years. He is overpriced at 100/1 with Ladbrokes and we shall be backing 1pt each way.

Our last tip goes to a player we have backed a few times in the hope the Englishman puts in another good performance. Richard Bland came so close on numerous occasions last season with seven top tens to his name in 2016 and a best of T3 at the Volvo China Open he is well worth backing at odds of 33/1 (1pt each way).

BMW SA Open Tip One

Rory Mcilroy
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BMW SA Open Tip Two

Hennie Otto
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BMW SA Open Tip Three

Richard Bland
best odds @ 33/1 with Ladbrokes

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Outright Betting odds for the BMW SA Open

Rory Mcilroy 2/1
Brandon Stone 12/1
Andy Sullivan 14/1
Thomas Aiken 25/1
Jaco van Zyl 40/1
Richard Bland 33/1
George Coetzee 33/1
David Horsey 40/1
Peter Uihlein 50/1
Christian Bezuidenhout 66/1
Dylan Frittelli 80/1
Romain Langasque 66/1
Thomas Detry 66/1
Retief Goosen 50/1
Mikko Korhonen 100/1
Zander Lombard 100/1
Ernie Els 50/1
Lucas Bjerregaard 66/1
Paul Waring 80/1
Hennie Otto 100/1

All prices can be found on bookmakers site – All prices are from Ladbrokes Bookmaker and are subject to change – Each Way 1/4 odds 1,2,3,4,5

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