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2011 South African Open Championship Picks

A field much the same as last week at the South African Open Championship but with three notable additions - Dyson, Els and Goosen. Els and the goose are formidable on home soil but both are in poor form and for me, I'll gladly get on the value that's been ramped up elsewhere on a new venue for this week's South African Open Championship. Follow me on Twitter: @Nicspicks for in running trades and updates.

South African Open championship Picks

Pick 1: Jaco van Zyl E/W @ 22/1 (general) No reason to jump off the Van Zyl ship this week as a great final round in tough conditions at Leopard Creek earned us a place return. With no course form to go on it's always a positive move to go for steady players.

Pick 2: JB Kruger E/W @ 33/1 (general) Another who proved very profitable last week for Nicspicks' followers that trade the golf and progressive form now reading 23, 13, 9 after a poor weekend dropped him back a little from the half way lead. Very strong on home soil and may go one better this week at the South African Open Championship.

Pick 3: Thomas Aiken E/W @ 33/1 (general) Amazingly, Thomas Aiken can be backed at more than double the odds of his market leader spot last week. This is off the back of what is quite possibly an insignificant missed cut. A bounce back from Aiken could very well be on the cards on a lengthy Serengeti course where big hitters will have an advantage and he looks superb value against the field.

Pick 4: Hennie Otto E/W @ 33/1 (general) Another South African who's very strong on home soil and challenged strongly last week with a T7, making it three top 20 finishes in a row for him on the European Golf Tour

South African Open Sleeper Pick
Branden Grace E/W @ 125/1 (Bet365) Ranking 10th on the Sunshine Tour Order Of Merit and winner of multipe pro am events in the region, Grace has good South African Open Championship form, finishing T6 in 2008 and T21 the last two years running. Poor second round last week meant missing the cut but 125/1 with BET365 looks a great E/W price.

Note: If you're betting E/W, take advantage of Bet365's offer up to £200 in free bets to use on this week's SA Open Championship.

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Bryan Nicholson is the pioneer of the progressive form and course fit ratings for golf betting, with the associated progressive form model and course fit profiling model. Bryan is the author of the increasingly popular annual course fit profiling manual and #1 golf betting book Angles & Edges and runs the Sharp Sports Bettors Blog.

What is expected Strokes Gained Course Fit ?

Bryan also pioneered the concept of Expected Strokes Gained Course Fit (xSGF) in golf betting. xSGF can be predicted using my model below. For prospective golf betting tips it projects ahead of time how many shots a player is expected to pick up per round on average on a particular golf course. It's weighed against a neutral golf course of the same rating. For example: Sam Horsfield at Celtic Manor vs TPC Southwind. This number will also portray ability level in terms of strokes gained total. Click "find out more" under the course fit golf betting model for info.

Golf Betting Tips Model

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What is Progressive Form in Golf Betting?

Progressive form in golf betting differs from current form in that players are showing a trend in the right direction in their recent scoring. Trending form has a high predictive value in golf betting and can also catch players under the radar at an inflated price vs their true betting odds. For example - a player shows form of T40 - 24 - 24, but last week he was in the leading PGA Tour group on Sunday with Tiger Woods and had a bad round due to nerves. His finishing position may not fully capture his actual form... See more with our calculators and betting tools

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