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South African Open tips: Louis to defend in the 2020 European Tour Golf opener

Louis Oosthuizen blitzed the field en route to winning his home South African Open in 2019


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South African Open target player profile:

A player with a solid all around game who isn't afraid of attacking pins and going low. Birdies are the brief.


The course: Randpark GC (Bushwillow and firethorn courses) par 71, 7115 and 7506 yards respectively

Key features: Old Parklands treelined tracks with numerous water hazards. Rough wasn't too punishing in 2019. Deep greenside bunkering.

Premium On: Total birdies, strokes gained approach

Total Birdies leaders (2019, in field):
HORSFIELD, Sam
VAN ROOYEN, Erik
DETRY, Thomas
OOSTHUIZEN, Louis
LEE, Min Woo
HANSEN, Joachim B.

South African Open top 10 vs the field Rankings
(est. win odds to 100% fair book)

1. Louis OOsthuizen 10/1
2. Eric Van Rooyen 16/1
3. Brandon Stone 16/1
4. Richard Sterne 22/1
5. Branden Grace 22/1
6. Tom Detry 22/1
7. George Coetzee 25/1
8. Zander Lombard 25/1
9. Eddie Pepperell 25/1
10. Christian Bezuidenhout 28/1.....


Rankings and tips to be posted Tuesdays

South African Open tips:

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Featured Tip I've just about forgiven Brandon Stone after his Portugal Open collapse and just aswell as for me this market is very exploitable. On Home soil and on these tracks I think Stone should be one of the much shorter prices rather than the likes of an (injured) Charl or Shaun Norris that is currently living it up on the Japan Tour. Even Branden Grace. Stone is a total birdie machine, excelling with the big stick when on form. We've seen this when winning the SA Open, and he blitzed the field at the Alfred Dunhill. He hit a final round 60 to win the Scottish Open at Gullane

Tip 2: Richard Sterne 50/1 ew
Tip 3: members email only
Tip 4: members email only

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South African Open three to trade... will be Sam Horsfield 70.00, Dean Burmester 120.0 and JC Ritchie 400.0. The play is backing them on Betfair with the hope to trade them in play later in the tournament if going well. See my or Betfair how to: trading guides (previous links) if you need to know more about backing to lay selections and trading golf. Click image below to see the South african Open Betfair market (desktop)

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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.

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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.

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Ross McGowan 400/80 to 1 (place), Tony Finau 50/1, Cam Champ 125/1, Cam Davis 125/1, Matt Jones 80/1 and FRL, Max Homa 60/1, Dean Burmester 55/1, Sam Burns 80/1, KH Lee 200/1, Sergio Garcia 70/1 (FRL), Thorbjorn Olesen 45/1 (FRL), Stewart Cink 150/1, Lucas Herbert 175/1 and 60/1

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