2016 Alfred Dunhill Championship Betting Preview

The curtain has only just been brought down on the last European Tour season but a new campaign gets underway with the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Thursday. The players head to South Africa for this week's event at Leopard Creek Country Club and there is very much a 'top-heavy' feel to the betting market...

  • Charl Schwartel has won the Alfred Dunhill Championship four times - 2005, 2013, 2014, 2016
  • Richard Sterne has finished in the top-eleven of the Alfred Dunhill on three occasions since winning the title in 2008

1st December - 4th December Odds Won/Lost Bet

Alfred Dunhill Championship
Richard Sterne (each way)  
Best Bet
@ 22 / 1 P

The Favourite

It is no surprise to see that defending champion Charl Schwartzel is favourite in his homeland as the South African bids to win this tournament for a fifth time. Schwartzel has won the Alfred Dunhill in 2005, 2013, 2014 and 2016, with Coral pricing him 7/2.

The bookies' favourite is hard to oppose off the back of his third place finish at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai but his price is plenty short enough for us and we will be looking elsewhere...

The Contenders

Branden Grace is actually the highest ranked player in the field and there is plenty to like about the 2014 Alfred Dunhill winner, who finished tied for 8th last year. Grace has a phenomenal record in his homeland as he hasn't finished outside of the top-20 in any of his past eleven outings in South Africa, racking up two wins and seven top-six finishes in the process.

Grace tied 3rd at the Nedbank Golf Challenge recently but that was only his third top-25 in his past ten starts worldwide and his price (13/2 with Coral) is a little on the skinny side too.

Gregory Bourdy has a close affinity with Leopard Creek as he finished 3rd in 2012 prior to a runner-up effort in 2015, when he ended four shots behind Schwartzel. Bourdy was one of four Frenchman to finish in the top-five during the last edition of this event and he is certainly churning out results during this calendar year as he hasn't missed a cut since the Scottish Open.

Bourdy is worth a look at 20/1 (Paddy Power) but our preference is to back a South Africa at Leopard Creek.

Take A Sterne Look At Richard

This tournament has a history of producing home-grown winners and Richard Sterne is clearly a nice fit here as he won the title in 2008 before racking up three top-eleven finishes since. He tends to love playing on home soil as he hasn't missed a cut in South Africa since the 2015 Africa Open and he can make the most of playing against what is a relatively weak field here.

A win would be a fitting way for Sterne to sign off what has been a wonderfully consistent year as he has nine top-20s to his name during 2016 and he hasn't missed a cut since Italy in September. More recently, Sterne finished runner-up at the Alfred Dunhill Links and tied 9th at the British Masters so he clearly has form in his favour, with Paddy Power bookmakers going a best price 22/1 about his chances.

2016 Alfred Dunhill Championship Odds