Golf Betting tips and predictions- Tshwane Open 2014 – I love this preview from our European Tour golf tipster @gbenno79, he has been on great run on the European tour, picking the last 3 winners at 10, 12 and 40/1.
He could have played safe this week and plumped for more favourites; not a bit of it!! Fichardt is a favourite but the others all all South african outsiders at big, big prices. Let's hope his hot run continues at a big price – good luck all.
Tshwane Open : Look for value at Copperleaf
Course : Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate, Centurion, South Africa. Par 72, 7,964 yards
Opened in 2007 and designed by South African golf great Ernie Els, the Copperleaf Golf estate plays host to the Tshwane Open for the second year of the tournaments existence on the European Tour. The inaugural event was won by home native Dawie Van Der Walt.
The course plays really long with the yardage book at nearly 8,000 yards long, also the fairways here are very generous so long hitters should go well here. The rough here is fairly hard to get out of so keeping the ball in the fairway and being long is the way forward at Copperleaf. There are four long par 5’s, the longest being the 4th hole at 685 yards long.
The Els Club at Copperleaf is the second ‘Signature’ Ernie Els designed golf course in South Africa and is based just 40 minutes outside of Sandton or just 15 minutes from Centurion in Mnandi, Gauteng.
Copperleaf is best defined as ‘modern classic’ – the layout tests every aspect of the game and provides even the longest hitters with a challenge. The course is one of the finest examples of the ‘Highveld grassland’ genre, and players experience a sense of openness and freedom with the Magaliesberg backdrop adding to the country atmosphere.
Built on land once lived on by Ernie Els' grandfather, Mr Ernie Vermaak, Copperleaf is proud to be home to South Africa's first Els Club, and a golf course designed by Els himself.
The care and dedication put into the design of South Africa's first Els Club are evident everywhere. The best design principles have been brought together to produce a golf course which is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also challenging and enjoyable for golfers of all standards.
The course makes optimal use of the natural topography, with landscaped recreational areas. Within its unforgettable setting of natural grasslands and rocks, the wide fairways, spectacular water hazards and challenging bunkers delight and test golfers of all levels.
Modern and minimalistic design principles are felt throughout the newly designed Els Club, offering spectacular facilities for golfers to relax after their round.
Inside The Field :
Defending champion Dawie Van der Walt and recent European Tour winners George Coetzee and Thomas Aiken will lead a strong home presence at the second edition of the Tshwane Open, the eighth and final tournament on The 2014 European Tour Schedule to be held on South African soil.
South Africans have won five of the seven events held there so far this season, with Aiken (Africa Open), Coetzee (Joburg Open) and Van der Walt (Nelson Mandela Championship hosted by ISPS Handa) being joined in the winners’ enclosure by Major Champions Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, who successfully defended their titles at the Volvo Golf Champions and Alfred Dunhill Championship, respectively.
Of the ‘foreign’ contingency, South Africa Open Champion Mortum Ørum Madsen will also have one eye on the history books, as the Dane attempts to become the first European to win two events co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour in the same season.
Madsen will be joined in Tshwane by Simon Dyson of England and Sweden’s Niclas Fasth, who between them have won 12 times on The European Tour; whilst the experienced quartet of Grégory Bourdy, Ross Fisher, Michael Hoey and David Howell will all be aiming to add to their impressive tally of titles.
2012 – Dawie Van Der Walt
72 Hole Record – 267, Dawie Van Der Walt ( 2013 )
18 Hole Record – 64, Darren Fichardt ( 2013 ), Desvonde Botes ( 2013 )
This weeks event held in South Africa doesn’t look the easiest to find the winner. Since this is only the second time that the Tshwane Open has been played, there are very limited statistics to utilise when picking a winner. What I have concentrated on this week is players that have ’each way’ value. Also, I have closely looked at players who competed at last weeks event on the Sunshine Tour – Dimensions Data Pro-Am.
Fichardts home course is the Centurion Country Club which is close proximity to the Copperleaf Golf Course, where this event is being held, so he should be very comfortable here and will be a home favourite to win. Twelve months ago, the likeable South African, finished second behind Dawie Van Der Walt, who won his first event on the European Tour. Darren finished 5th two weeks ago, when defending his title at the Africa Open.
Centurion resident, Louis, has had a poor start to this seasons European Tour, only making one cut, which was at the Joburg Open when he finished in 31st position. Although he has played poor this season De Jager will feel confident when arriving back at his home course, the Els Club at Copperleaf. Twelve months ago, he finished third here behind fellow selection, Darren Fichardt.
Cape Town resident, Charl, will hope he can win a title in South Africa for the first time. In 2013, Charl notched up three top-10 finishes, one of these was at this tournament 12 months ago, where he finished in 5th position.. Last week, Coetzee played in the Dimension Data Pro-am on the Sunshine Tour, where he finished in 23rd position, after a poor last round of 73. He has been showing signs over the last few weeks on the Sunshine Tour, that a big finish is round the corner.
South African Hollick, has had a pretty poor start to the year on the European Tour, his best place finish to date was a 22nd place finish at the South Africa Open Championship, won by Dane, Mortum Ørum Madsen, in which he shot a poor first round – 75. Last weeks performance at the Dimensions Data Pro-am where he finished in 12th position, must be encouragement for the Sunshine Tour member. If he can repeat his second place finish at the Cape Town Open last year, he could make the frame.
Zwartenbosch Golf Estate member, Wallie, competed in last weeks Dimensions Data Pro-am on the Sunshine Tour, where he finished in 12th position alongside above selection, Michael Hollick. His best finish on the European Tour this season was at the Joburg Open, where he finished 49th. Coetsee did play well around this time last year, when he finished 3rd at the Dimensions Data Pro-am back in 2013.
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