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Joburg Open 2017 betting tips: 3 from the tee at Randpark

Jon Wilde 5 Dec 2017
Darren Fichardt (credit:Credit by bettingpro)'s Jon Wilde provides outright betting tips for the Joburg Open and a guide on how to bet on this final European Tour event before Christmas which takes place from December 7-10.

Background to the Joburg Open

The Joburg Open has existed since 2007 and as its name suggests, is played in South Africa but at a new venue this year of Randpark Golf Club as its usual home, Royal Johannesburg & Kensington, is undergoing extensive upgrades to one of its two courses used for the tournament.

Part of both the European Tour and the Sunshine Tour schedule in southern Africa since its inception, the Joburg Open has a much bigger field than most events and this time 240 golfers will tee it up because it has now been added to the Asian Tour circuit as well.

It has also had its date on the calendar changed from its usual February slot to December, which means 2017 is the first year when the Joburg Open will have taken place twice.

South African players have dominated the event having won it on eight of the 11 previous occasions with Charl Schwartzel and Richard Sterne successful twice each. Neither of that duo is in the field this time although the last two champions, Darren Fichardt and Haydn Porteous, are.

Three from the tee

Here are the trio we are backing for the 2017 Joburg Open:

1) DARREN FICHARDT @ 28/1 with Unibet (paying 1/5 odds first 6 places for each-way bets)

Very few players can say they have won the same tournament twice in the same calendar year, let alone at two different venues, but that is the kind of history Fichardt could make this week.

As mentioned above, South Africans have an excellent record in this event and although Fichardt’s victory in February was over different courses, he has some good results at Randpark to his credit, so knows the place better than most of his rivals, and has been playing some decent golf of late.

Darren Fichardt (Getty Images)

2) ROMAIN LANGASQUE @ 50/1 with SportingBet (paying 1/4 odds first 5 places for each-way bets)

Romain Langasque (Getty Images)

Langasque has plenty going for him here, most notably that he was 11th in the most recent Joburg Open and also finished in the top 21 on two other starts in South Africa around the same time, so this part of the world clearly suits him.

The Frenchman, who enjoyed a stellar amateur career, finished third in Mauritius on the European Tour last week and so clearly has his game in good enough shape to go well in Johannesburg again.

3) MIKKO KORHONEN @ 150/1 with BetStars (paying 1/4 odds first 5 places for each-way bets)

Mikko Korhonen (Getty Images)

Like Langasque, this Finn has previously shown an affinity for playing in South Africa having twice finished in the top seven during the 2017 swing in the events co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour.

Korhonen was also runner-up at the Lyoness Open in Austria in June and although his second half of the season was not as impressive, he looks a sporting wager at a big price to build on his earlier promise.

Course Guide

Randpark, which stages the Joburg Open for the first time, has two 18-hole courses and a nine-hole layout. The tournament will be played on the two longer courses, named Bushwillow and Firethorn.

Bushwillow is the older course, extended to a full 18 holes in 1948, and underwent a small renovation in 2012. A picturesque course, it is fairly short from tee to green and very well protected by rows of large trees along all fairways, making for some tight, challenging holes.

Firethorn was constructed in the mid-1960s and has what is described as a ‘death or glory’ final three holes. It hosted the South African Open in 1995 and 2000 and has undergone various modifications over the last few decades, in particular to the greens.

Previous winners

Joburg Open results: Past winners of the Joburg Open

YearWinnerScoreTo ParRunner-Up
2008Richard Sterne271-13Garth Mulroy/Magnus Carlsson
2009Anders Hansen269-15Andrew McLardy
2010Charl Schwartzel261-23Darren Clarke/Keith Horne
2011Charl Schwartzel265-19Garth Mulroy
2012Branden Grace270-17Jamie Elson
2013Richard Sterne260-27Charl Schwartzel
2014George Coetzee268-19Tyrrell Hatton/Jin Jeong/Justin Walters
2015Andy Sullivan270-17Wallie Coetsee/David Howell/Kevin Phelan/Jaco van Zyl/Anthony Wall
2016Haydn Porteous269-18Zander Lombard
2017 (Feb)Darren Fichardt200 (reduced to three rounds)-15Stuart Manley/Paul Waring

Joburg Open in-play betting tactics

Previous history in this event is irrelevant as it switches to a new venue, so the biggest in-running clues will be offered after the first round in which half of the field will play on each course.

What we can expect is that the Bushwillow course will play easier than Firethorn, so on Thursday evening it could be worth focusing on those who have carded the best rounds on the latter-named layout.

But it is purely guesswork at the moment, so the best advice is to look for any obvious advantage that has occurred over the opening 18 holes and place your bets accordingly.

Joburg Open markets

The bookmakers are offering a good range of markets on this tournament including the staples of Winner, Top 5, Top 10 and Top 20 Finish.

Those happy to wager on a single nationality or continent of player can choose from 13 such markets including Top GB and Ireland, Top Continental European and Top American. These markets can be a good option if you fancy a certain player to do better than another but not necessarily feature right at the top of the leaderboard.

There are also several special bets on offer including whether there will be a play-off, the margin of victory and, for the particularly brave, a Dual Forecast market in which you can predict the first and second in either order.

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