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Tshwane Open 2018 – Pretoria GC – South Africa

Whilst the bigger names gather in Mexico for the WGC event. The European Tour and Sunshine Tour combine in South Africa for the 3rd time this season to co-sanction the 6th edition of The Tshwane Open. Once again our host for this event will be Pretoria Country Club, with this being their 4th time of hosting.

Although many of the big names are away competing for bigger prizes including last years winner Dean Burmester (Who by the way plays fantastic golf this time of year, loves courses at altitude. hits the ball miles and has fantastic magic hands on the green…. Book makers offering 250/1 is madness especially if you take him as an e/w bet). We still have a superb field assembled, mainly compiled of fantastic talent from South Africa and the Sunshine Tour. There will of course be plenty of names you will recognise as well including home favourites George Coetzee and US favourite Julian Suri.

Course Details

Par: 71 (Only 3 par 5’s on offer this week with two of those coming in the back 9)

Length: 7081 yards

Greens: Bent and Poa expected to be running around 10’6″

Fairways: Narrow in places, tight tree lined and guarded by thick punishing rough, well placed bunkering and water hazards featuring throughout.

Rough: Thick Sticky Kikuyu (If you haven’t already seen it, check out Clement Sordet’s twitter post)

This tight traditional parkland course, is a real thinkers track. Firstly the players have to do their upmost to keep the ball on the short grass here. Hitting fairways and greens is going to be a tough challenge this week, but for those that are successful in this task are going to have the easiest ride to gain weekend golf and will find themselves creating plenty of chances to hopefully get them in contention come Sunday afternoon. Secondly players will have to accept that they will not hit all greens this week and will have to rely on a sound short game to keep their card in tact.

With the weather being perfect for golf in South Africa and the course really well prepared I’m expecting some incredible scoring and with my line ups I have decided to side with proven course form,  recent form across all tours, recent birdie conversion rate, scrambling and ball striking.

 

MY PICKS

$10,000 +

George Coetzee $11,700

Alexander Bjork $11,500

$9,000 – $10,000

Richard Sterne $9,600

Sean Norris $9,400

Jacques Blaauw $9,200

$8,000 – $9,000

Haydn Porteous $ 9,000

Jacques Kruyswijk $8,700

Jeff Winther $8,200

Kyle McClatchie $8,100

$7,500 – $8,000

Peter Karmis $8,000

Hennie Otto $7,900

Toby Tree $7,800

Justin Walter $7,700

Max Kieffer $7,700

Scott Jamieson $7,600

$7,500 or Less

JC Ritchie $7,500

Trevor Fisher Jnr $7,400

Ockie Strydom $7,200

Christian Bezhuidhout $7,200

Jack Singh Brar $7,200

Keenan Davidse $7,100

As always I hope you all have a great end to your week and I see you all at the top of the leader boards come Sunday