Before I get into this weeks event and the last one for the year. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you for reading and being a part of the write up. I am now into my third season writing for Tour Junkies and with each New Year that comes and goes, golf and life just get better and lot of that is down to you the reader and of course DB and Pat from TJ for giving me that added purpose to be deeper involved in the beautiful game we all love and hate sooo much.
Anyway with that said, I wish you all the very happiest of holidays and when that new year roles in I truly hope it brings you peace and happiness. But before that lets all hope for some early fireworks and a big gift in the form of $ bills from this weeks line ups and bets.
Course Set Up.
7,287 yards. Par 72 (4 x par 5’s, 4 x par 3’s.) (3 of the par 5’s feature in the back 9.)
Gary Player designed course that opened in 1996. Frequently voted as one of the best courses in South Africa and no surprise with its incredible setting that borders the Kruger National Park. Consequently this player favourite venue has became host and home to the Alfred Dunhill Championships in 2005. Last year, the event was put on hold whilst the Leopard Creek course updated its layout to better suit the modern game and offer longevity to the event.
The alterations to the course have mainly consisted of relocation and redesign of bunkering, new tee locations on 6 holes and the removal of a tee. Even with the changes the course it will still offer good scoring and no doubt a total score around -16 will be good enough to take the spoils at this majestic location.
The course itself is set among natural undulating bushland with plenty of water features adding to its splendour throughout the course, prepared to extremely high standards that somehow blend in extremely well with its natural environment.
Key Stats and Strategy.
The style of play needed here is very obvious, so focusing a little more on those ball striking attributes and in particular greens in regulation.
Of course for the purpose of Draftkings, scoring is always essential so Par 5 scoring and overall birdie or better performance has to be weighted in.
This week I am also weighting in par 3 scoring, although there not the toughest par 3’s in the world they have to be played well and it could be very easy to make a huge mistake here that costs big time.
This has always been very much a South African winners paradise. So once again im getting heavily behind the Home players this week and hoping I unlock the right combination
Course Form/Course History, this is one of those very obvious scenarios where certain players just love the venue, play it a lot and turn up playing well year in year out.. Schwartzels record here is incredible and just cant be ignored but can he pick up his 4th win here… My guess is Yes and why even though ownership will be high and the odds short I will be backing him for the win. .
Charl Schwartzel – $11,000
$9,000 – $10,000
Brandon Stone – $9,500
Thomas Aiken – $9,200
$8,000 – $9,000
Ernie Els – $8,800
Richard Sterne – $8,500
$7,000 – $8,000
Jeff Winther $7,800
Oliver Bekker – $7,300
Jack Singh Brar – $7,200
$6,000 – $7,000
JC Ritchie – $7,000
Tom Murray – $6,800
Bonus Pick (JB Hansen $7,600)
Alfred Dunhill Championship
Charl Schwartzel +750 2 points
Oliver Bekker +7000 1 point e/w
JC Ritchie +12500 1 point e/w
Jack Singh Brar +20000 1 point e/w
Henrik Stenson +350 2 points
Miguel Tabuena +3300 1 point e/w
JBE Kruger +6000 1 point e/w