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

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