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Nigel Seeley's three from the tee for the South African Open

Bettingpro Staff 6 Dec 2018

Bettingpro's new golf expert Nigel Seeley shares his three best bets for the South African Open.

The South African Open

WE make the jump from Australia to South Africa this week on the European golf tour hoping for better joy than we did down under in the South African Open from Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg.

Three From The Tee

1) Louis Oosthuizen @ 7/1 with Ladbrokes 

Louis Oosthuizen. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

The field is mostly made up of South African players with four of them major winners and 2010 Open Championship winner LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN is the man to beat this week and rightfully is the bookies favourite at 7/1 and has to be on everyone's shortlist.

Oosthuizen is a proven winner all over the globe and as well as his Open success he has the somewhat unfortunate distinction of finishing runner-up in all four Majors and looks the most likely winner in front of his home crowd and not the strongest of fields.

Just under a month ago Oosthuizen finished third at the Nedbank Challenge on his last visit to his homeland playing some fantastic golf in front of the home fans, something that he thrives on as in his last four starts in South Africa he's made the top 10 on every occasion.

2) Matt Wallace @ 12/1 with Ladbrokes 

Matt Wallace. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

THREE time European Tour winner MATT WALLACE almost landed me a dream Bettingpro debut at the DP World Championships last month, but I had to settle for a runner-up spot and he could go one better for me this week at the general 12/1 with most bookies.

Wallace is the in-form player in the field with top five finishes in his last two events of last season (one in South Africa at the Nedbank) which saw him finish inside the top 10 at the Race For Dubai.

Wallace is a born winner and if he gets off to a good start he will certainly be in the mix come Sunday and I believe he will after sub 70 rounds in his last nine starts which make him great appeal not only to win this week, but to be the first round leaders.

3) Dylan Fritelli @ 12/1 with Ladbrokes

Dylan Fritelli. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DEFENDING champion DYLAN FRITELLI is my final pick also at 12/1 with most firms in an event where I fully expect the favourites to dominate.

The South African closed last week with a flawless final round of 65 at the Mauritius Open where he was defending the title and bringing that form to his home event will give him huge confidence of another decent week.

Fritelli has had three top 20 finishes in his last three starts which included a seventh  the DP World Tour Championships, a week prior to that in his last event in South Africa he finished just outside the top 20 in 21st place at the Nedbank Golf Challenge which was played against in a much better field than he finds himself amongst this week.

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