Henrik Stenson Is A Worthy Favourite For The Nedbank Golf Challenge
- 08 Nov 2016
2016 Nedbank Golf Challenge Betting Preview
The Nedbank Golf Challenge takes centre stage in South Africa this week and it is difficult to look beyond the credentials of the bookmakers' favourite, Henrik Stenson, at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City. The Swede has a sensational record in this tournament and he can further extend his lead at the top of the Race To Dubai standings with a big performance...
|10th November - 13th November||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
Nedbank Golf Challenge
| Henrik Stenson First Round Leader (each way)
|@ 8 / 1||P|
|Henrik Stenson to win||@ 9 / 2|
|Chris Wood (each way)||@ 40 / 1||Betfred|
Stenson A Worthy Favourite
The Nedbank Golf Challenge was added to the European Tour calendar in 2014 and the 7,831 yard track swiftly became the longest course in the tour's history. The event had previously been a 30-man invitational affair but it has been expanded to 72 players for the first time this year as it is now part of the European Tour's 'Final Series'.
Stenson, the current Race To Dubai leader, will be relishing the chance to return here and the Open champion should be well rested as he makes his first start since finishing runner-up at the WGC HSBC Champions last time out. One of the few European players to emerge from the Ryder Cup with any credit, Stenson simply loves playing Sun City as he has never finished outside of the top-four in six appearances there (2-4-1-2-4-2) and he is 9/2 favourite with Betfair.
Tip #1: Henrik Stenson to win @ 9/2 with Betfair.
The 2008 champion boasts a first round scoring average of 67.83 at the Gary Player Country Club and he has been inside the first-five of the leaderboard after the opening day in four of his six visits here, with the Swede holding the outright lead on three occasions. Stenson is 8/1 to be first round leader this week (Betfred).
Tip #2: Henrik Stenson first round leader (each way) @ 8/1 with Betfred.
Next best in the betting is Alex Noren at 20/1 as the Swede bids to add to his three wins in his past ten starts, while Ross Fisher is also a 20/1 shot at a venue that clearly suits. Fisher's brilliant driving game will stand him in good stead at a course where he has finished 3-5-2-15 in the past and he is in decent form but does he win often enough to justify such a short price?
Meanwhile, Charl Schwartzel (22/1) has never finished outside of the top-fifteen at Sun City (5-10-6-2-6-14-9) but it is interesting to note that he has never won here when in his pomp, while 2012 champion Martin Kaymer (22/1) is a touch skinny if his disappointing effort at the WGC HSBC Champions is anything to go by.
Our final pick is Chris Wood though as he looks to build on his 3rd place effort of twelve months ago. The Englishman has enjoyed something of a breakthrough year as he won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth before performing admirably at the Ryder Cup. The Bristolian's form has been solid enough of late and he should come into the reckoning if he is driving as well as he did at Wentworth earlier this term.
Tip #3: Chris Wood (each way) @ 40/1 with Betfred.com.