2017 BMW SA Open Betting Preview

Rory McIlroy is the stand-out name for this week's BMW SA Open, or the South African Open as it was formerly known, on the European Tour as he fulfilled a promise to Ernie Els to appear at the Glendower Golf Club in Gauteng and it is no surprise to see that McIlroy is a short-priced favourite for what is the second-oldest national championship in the world...

12th January - 15th January Odds Won/Lost Bet

BMW SA Open
Andy Sullivan (each way)  
Best Bet
@ 14 / 1  
Thomas Aiken (each way) @ 28 / 1 P

The Favourite

First held in 1893, the tournament doesn't quite hold the same lustre as days gone by and it is disappointing that so many of the big names from South Africa are missing this week. Played on a traditional parkland course, McIlroy is a 5/2 favourite (Sky Bet) when taking to the 7,594 Glendower track for the first time in his career and the four-time major winner is making only his third appearance at the South African Open after missing the cut in 2008 and tying for 3rd in 2009. 

The sheer length of Glendower, which has hosted this event since 2013, would appear to play into the hands of McIlroy but the world number two is plenty short enough ahead of what is his first start since tying for 9th at the DP World Tour Championship.

Sullivan To Win Again

Andy Sullivan is next best in the betting and there could be a bit of value in backing the 2015 champion at 14/1 (Betfair). Sullivan missed the cut last year as the pressure of his title defence seemed to take its toll but he should improve for that experience on a course that would appear to be an ideal fit for a player who has a fine record in South Africa.

Sullivan has won twice and finished in the top-sixteen on two other occasions during his past seven trips to South Africa and he heads to Glendower in high spirits following a return of two top-three finishes from his last four outings worldwide.
Tip #1: Andy Sullivan (each way) @ 14/1 with Betfair.

The South African Hopes

It is worth noting that thirteen of the past twenty winners of the South African Open have hailed from South Africa but recent success had been hard to come by, that is until Brandon Stone secured an emotional victory last year. The defending champion has an excellent record in his homeland as he has three wins and seven top-20 finishes to show from his past 20 visits, with Stone following up a tie for 2nd at the Cape Town Open with victory at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in his final two starts of 2016.

Stone can be backed at 15/1 this week but Sullivan showed last year that defending this title isn't easy, particularly when the first victory was so emotional.

Meanwhile, Trevor Fisher Jr. is a player who always tends to perform in this tournament as he has finished in the top-fifteen in each of the past five editions, including a record of 7-15-8 in the three renewals to have been held at Glendower Golf Club.

Fisher is well worth a look at 80/1 (Bet Victor) or in the side markets but it is Thomas Aiken who joins Andy Sullivan on our betting shortlist. Aiken has finished in the top-five in three of the past four editions of the South African Open and he can take great heart from his tie for 4th at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at the back end of 2016 as he continues his search for a first tournament victory since the Africa Open of 2014.
Tip #2: Thomas Aiken (each way) @ 28/1 with Bet Victor.

2017 BMW SA Open Odds

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy 11/8 5/4 6/5 5/4 5/4 6/5 5/4
Graeme Storm
Graeme Storm 7/4 9/5 7/4 9/5 7/4 7/4 7/4
Jbe Kruger
Jbe Kruger 12 16 14 16 14 16 16
Jordan Smith
Jordan Smith 16 18 14 18 16 16 14
Jaco van Zyl
Jaco van Zyl 20 22 25 22 25 25 25
Peter Uihlein
Peter Uihlein 28 25 20 25 22 28 28
Romain Langasque
Romain Langasque 28 28 25 28 28 33 28
Dean Burmester
Dean Burmester 28 28 33 28 33 33 40
Thomas Aiken
Thomas Aiken 33 35 50 33 40 50 50
Edoardo Molinari
Edoardo Molinari 40 40 50 40 50 50 50
Trevor Fisher Jnr
Trevor Fisher Jnr 40 50 50 50 66 66 66
Joel Stalter
Joel Stalter 50 50 80 50 66 66 80
Keith Horne
Keith Horne 100 100 100 100 125 100 125
Mikko Korhonen
Mikko Korhonen 80 80 100 80 100 150 150
Richard S Johnson
Richard S Johnson 125 125 150 125 200 250 250
David Drysdale
David Drysdale 175 200 150 200 200 250 250
Chris Hanson
Chris Hanson 250 250 - 250 400 300 400
Laurie Canter
Laurie Canter 300 300 150 300 300 400 500
Oliver Fisher
Oliver Fisher 300 400 - 400 400 500 -
Alexander Bjork
Alexander Bjork - 500 - 500 500 500 -
James Morrison
James Morrison - 750 - 750 750 - -
Justin Walters
Justin Walters - 750 - 750 750 - -
Adrian Otaegui
Adrian Otaegui - 1000 - 1000 1000 - -
Alexander Knappe
Alexander Knappe - 1000 - 1000 1000 - -
Brandon Stone
Brandon Stone - 1000 - 1000 1000 - -
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
Christiaan Bezuidenhout - 1000 - 1000 1000 - -
Daniel Brooks
Daniel Brooks - 1000 - 1000 1000 - -
Darren Fichardt
Darren Fichardt - 1000 - 1000 1000 - -
Dawie Van Der Walt
Dawie Van Der Walt - 750 - 750 1000 - -
Gary King
Gary King - 750 - 750 750 750 -
Jacques Blaauw
Jacques Blaauw - 1000 - 1000 1000 - -
Jacques Kruyswijk
Jacques Kruyswijk - 1000 - 1000 1000 - -
James Kingston
James Kingston - 1000 - 1000 1000 - -
Jeff Winther
Jeff Winther - 1000 - 1000 1000 - -
Jens Fahrbring
Jens Fahrbring - 1000 - 1000 1000 - -
John Parry
John Parry - 1000 - 1000 1000 - -
Jonathan Agren
Jonathan Agren - 1000 - 1000 1000 - -
Louis De Jager
Louis De Jager - 1000 - 1000 1000 - -
Lucas Bjerregaard
Lucas Bjerregaard - 1000 - 1000 1000 - -
Mark Foster
Mark Foster - 1000 - 1000 1000 - -
Pontus Widegren
Pontus Widegren - 750 - 750 750 750 -
Rafa Echenique
Rafa Echenique - 1000 - 1000 1000 - -
Rourke van der Spuy
Rourke van der Spuy - 1000 - 1000 1000 - -
Sebastian Soderberg
Sebastian Soderberg - 1000 - 1000 1000 - -
Shaun Norris
Shaun Norris - 1000 - 1000 1000 - -
Simon Dyson
Simon Dyson - 1000 - 1000 1000 - -
Stefan Engell Andersen
Stefan Engell Andersen - - - - 1000 - -
Thomas Detry
Thomas Detry - 1000 - 1000 1000 - -
Titch Moore
Titch Moore - 1000 - 1000 1000 - -
Ulrich van den Berg
Ulrich van den Berg - 1000 - 1000 1000 - -
Stefan Engell Anderson
Stefan Engell Anderson - 1000 - - - - -
Adilson Da Silva
Adilson Da Silva - 1000 - 1000 2000 - -
Andrew Georgiou
Andrew Georgiou - 1000 - - 2000 - -
Danie van Tonder
Danie van Tonder - 1000 - 1000 2000 - -
Espen Kofstad
Espen Kofstad - 1000 - - 2000 - -
Garth Mulroy
Garth Mulroy - 1000 - 1000 2000 - -
James Kamte
James Kamte - 1000 - - 2000 - -
Justin Harding
Justin Harding - 1000 - 1000 2000 - -
Michael Hollick
Michael Hollick - 1000 - - 2000 - -
Morten Orum Madsen
Morten Orum Madsen - 1000 - 1000 2000 - -
Niclas Fasth
Niclas Fasth - 1000 - - 2000 - -
Ockie Strydom
Ockie Strydom - 1000 - 1000 2000 - -
Paul Maddy
Paul Maddy - 1000 - 1000 2000 - -
Paul Waring
Paul Waring - 1000 - 1000 2000 - -
Pep Angles
Pep Angles - 1000 - 1000 2000 - -
Ross McGowan
Ross McGowan - 1000 - 1000 2000 - -
Steven Tiley
Steven Tiley - 1000 - 1000 2000 - -
Tom Lewis
Tom Lewis - 1000 - 1000 2000 - -