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As the European Tour heads to South Africa….Eamon Hanlon has been trawling through the stats and form guide to find successful tips amongst the Joburg Open betting. It’s a tournament that often brings home success and it could be another South African victory this week.

The first of back-to-back tournaments in South Africa takes place at the Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg, with 195,830 Race to Dubai points up for grabs for the winner.

This is a new venue for the event, with a switch from the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, but it still commands a decent quality field.

In seven of the last eight years, there has been a home winner - with Darren Fichardt collecting the winner’s cheque last year, winning the tournament by a stroke after reaching 15-under-par after 72 holes.

A strong South African contingent, in the largest field of the season, are likely to challenge for top spot again, even at a different course.

Joburg Open Tips

George Coetzee won this tournament in 2014 and goes into this week’s event in good form, after recording a top-10 finish at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open last week.

The 31-year-old has won three times on the European Tour, with two of those victories coming on home soil and I believe he will be challenging again come Sunday afternoon.

Another indication that this will be a big week for Coetzee, currently 136 in the world rankings, is a seventh-placed finish in a weather-shortened event last year, that included a third round 65.

The man from Pretoria is a best-price 16/1 to win this year’s tournament, while a Top-Five finish can be backed at 10/3.



Another South African to consider is Louis De Jager, who has taken the step up from the Challenge Tour to join the big boys this year.

The 30-year-old finished in a tie for 11th last year and Joburg Open odds are well worth considering for De Jager, who is a big price heading into this week’s event.

Going into this event, the world number 548 secured a fourth-place finish in Mauritius and his first round 66 showed he is full of confidence.

If the 80/1 on offer to win the tournament looks too much of a gamble, then 5/1 on a Top-10 spot still looks like decent value.