2017 Joburg Open Betting Preview

The European Tour heads to the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club for the Joburg Open this week and we are banking on a strong South African contingent to prosper on home soil again...

  • Thomas Aiken's results at the Joburg Open read 3-24-6-5-10
  • Richard Sterne has won the Joburg Open twice - 2008 and 2013

23rd February - 26th February Odds Won/Lost Bet

Joburg Open
Thomas Aiken (each way)  
Best Bet
@ 22 / 1  
Dean Burmester (each way) @ 30 / 1  
Jacques Blaauw (each way) @ 55 / 1  

The Leading Contenders

Co-sanctioned by the South African Sunshine Tour, the Joburg Open involves a round on each of the East and West courses before the cut, with the final two rounds taking place on the East Course at the weekend. There is the added incentive of three places at the Open Championship up for grabs for those who are not already exempt and Brandon Stone is the bookmakers' favourite this week...

Stone has already won two European Tour titles in South Africa and the Alfred Dunhill Championship winner arrives off the back of a tie for 7th in Dubai. The South African is a 14/1 shot (Betfair) for the Joburg, where he has a best finish of tied 16th from four previous appearances.

We prefer to side with players who have course form though so two-time champion Richard Sterne (18/1) and 2014 winner George Coetzee (18/1) make obvious appeal, although Sterne is making his first appearance since a runner-up effort at the Alfred Dunhill at the back end of 2016 and we prefer to side with our old favourite Thomas Aiken, who has run into a bit of place money for us already during 2017.

Aiken Makes Our Shortlist (Again...)

Aiken made an electric start to the calendar year, going 4-5-13-14 in his opening four events before tying for 42nd in Dubai and missing the cut in Malaysia. The sheer volume of golf seemed to take its toll in Aiken so it is a massive positive that he took last week off and he should be refreshed when bidding for his first win since the 2014 Africa Open. The 33-year-old is a consistent force on South African soil and he has a strong record at the Joburg Open, where his last five appearances have yielded finishes of: 3-24-6-5-10. 
Tip #1: Thomas Aiken (each way) @ 22/1 with Betfair.

The Each-Way Tips

Jaco Van Zyl also caught our eye as he searches for his first European Tour title but is perhaps a touch short at 20/1 and we prefer to side with Dean Burmester, who has the benefit of boasting length off the tee and a strong game around the greens, which should prove important components this week. Burmester is four from four at the Joburg Open, with a best of tied 13th, and he has been in good form after struggling to match the stunning heights that saw him win four titles on the Sunshine Tour in 2015.

Burmester hasn't missed a cut since the Alfred Dunhill Links, securing seven top-25s in nine starts, including five top-eights, since.
Tip #2: Dean Burmester (each way) @ 30/1 with Bet 365.

Finally, Jacques Blaauw is a player who is growing in confidence and the 31-year-old should be ready to peak. He clearly enjoys this tournament as he has tied for 7th in both of his past two visits and he thrived on home soil last year, winning a Vodacom Origins of Golf event before tying for third in the Origins Final, while he tied 6th during a Web.com appearance in Colombia recently. Blaauw can continue on an upward curve in Joburg.
Tip #3: Jacques Blaauw (each way) @ 55/1 with Betfred.

2017 Joburg Open Odds

Dean Burmester
Dean Burmester 4 4 5 4 9/2 9/2 4
Darren Fichardt
Darren Fichardt 5 5 6 5 11/2 11/2 11/2
Paul Waring
Paul Waring 6 6 7 6 7 13/2 13/2
Brandon Stone
Brandon Stone 9 9 8 9 15/2 8 8
Haydn Porteous
Haydn Porteous 10 9 9 9 8 9 8
Jacques Kruyswijk
Jacques Kruyswijk 10 17/2 12 17/2 10 9 12
Paul Peterson
Paul Peterson 12 16 12 14 12 14 16
Anton Karlsson
Anton Karlsson 25 22 33 22 20 20 16
David Drysdale
David Drysdale 28 33 33 33 28 33 33
James Morrison
James Morrison 33 35 16 33 14 33 25
Stuart Manley
Stuart Manley 28 35 25 33 20 33 28
Trevor Fisher Jnr
Trevor Fisher Jnr 33 33 40 33 33 33 33
Pep Angles
Pep Angles 22 45 28 45 28 50 14
Aaron Rai
Aaron Rai 22 45 50 40 50 40 25
Merrick Bremner
Merrick Bremner 22 25 33 25 20 22 40
Romain Langasque
Romain Langasque 50 35 33 33 33 33 40
George Coetzee
George Coetzee 66 40 66 33 50 66 40
Mark Foster
Mark Foster 66 50 66 55 50 66 80
Max Orrin
Max Orrin 66 90 66 90 80 100 50
Laurie Canter
Laurie Canter 66 55 66 55 100 50 66
Jaco Ahlers
Jaco Ahlers 100 50 100 50 40 50 60
Keenan Davidse
Keenan Davidse 100 90 100 100 100 100 80
Dylan Frittelli
Dylan Frittelli 66 125 25 125 33 125 40
Lee Slattery
Lee Slattery 200 125 100 125 125 125 150
Maximilian Kieffer
Maximilian Kieffer 100 200 100 200 80 200 80
Ockie Strydom
Ockie Strydom - 125 100 150 250 200 150
Scott Jamieson
Scott Jamieson 250 300 - 300 200 - 80
Louis De Jager
Louis De Jager - 400 - 400 300 300 -
Pontus Widegren
Pontus Widegren - 400 - 400 150 400 250
Jens Fahrbring
Jens Fahrbring 250 400 - 400 150 400 200
Francesco Laporta
Francesco Laporta - 300 - 300 500 - -
Adilson Da Silva
Adilson Da Silva 300 500 - 500 200 - 200
Paul Dunne
Paul Dunne 300 500 - 500 100 - 100
Anthony Wall
Anthony Wall - 500 - 500 200 - 150
Sebastian Soderberg
Sebastian Soderberg - 400 - 500 200 400 150
Nino Bertasio
Nino Bertasio - 750 - 750 125 - 100
Tom Lewis
Tom Lewis - 750 - 750 250 - -
Jake Roos
Jake Roos 300 300 - 750 500 - 250
Justin Hicks
Justin Hicks - 750 - 750 150 - 80
T van der Walt
T van der Walt - 750 - 750 200 250 -
Magnus A Carlsson
Magnus A Carlsson - 750 - 750 40 500 100
Jbe Kruger
Jbe Kruger - 750 - 750 125 - -
Jaco Prinsloo
Jaco Prinsloo - 750 - 750 500 - -
Matthieu Pavon
Matthieu Pavon - 1000 - 1000 250 - -
Ryan Fox
Ryan Fox - 1000 - - - - -
Erik Van Rooyen
Erik Van Rooyen - 1000 - - - - -
Ashun Wu
Ashun Wu - 1000 - 1000 300 - -
Robert Rock
Robert Rock - 1000 - - - - -
Adrian Otaegui
Adrian Otaegui - 1000 - - - - -
Adrien Saddier
Adrien Saddier - 1000 - - - - -
James Heath
James Heath - 1000 - - - - -
Wil Bateman
Wil Bateman - 1000 - 1000 - - -
Le Roux Ferreira
Le Roux Ferreira - 1000 - 1000 400 - -
Jeff Winther
Jeff Winther - 1000 - 1000 250 - -
Soomin Lee
Soomin Lee - 1000 - - 500 - -
Alexander Bjork
Alexander Bjork - 1000 - - - - -
Chris Paisley
Chris Paisley - 1000 - - - - -
Graeme Storm
Graeme Storm - 1000 - 1000 200 - -
Toby Tree
Toby Tree - 1000 - 1000 - - -
Daniel Im
Daniel Im - 1000 - 1000 1000 - -
Sam Walker
Sam Walker - 1000 - - - - -
Oliver Bekker
Oliver Bekker - 1000 - 1000 400 500 -
Jaco van Zyl
Jaco van Zyl - 1000 - - - - -
Sebastien Gros
Sebastien Gros - 1000 - 1000 200 - -
Thomas Linard
Thomas Linard - 1000 - 1000 125 - 300
Thomas Aiken
Thomas Aiken - 1000 - 1000 80 - 150
Garth Mulroy
Garth Mulroy - 1000 - 1000 125 - 200
Marc Warren
Marc Warren - 1000 - 1000 - - -
Richard Sterne
Richard Sterne - 1000 - - - - -
David Law
David Law - 1000 - 1000 200 500 -
Garrick Porteous
Garrick Porteous - 1000 - - - - -
Andre De Decker
Andre De Decker - 1000 - - - - -
Chris Hanson
Chris Hanson - 1000 - 1000 500 - -
Reinier Saxton
Reinier Saxton - 1000 - - - - -
Robert Dinwiddie
Robert Dinwiddie - 1000 - 1000 - - -
Andrew Georgiou
Andrew Georgiou - 1000 - - - - -
Andrew McLardy
Andrew McLardy - 1000 - - - - -
Anthony Michael
Anthony Michael - 1000 - - - - -
Ashley Chesters
Ashley Chesters - 1000 - - - - -
Christofer Blomstrand
Christofer Blomstrand - 1000 - 1000 1000 - -
Daniel Brooks
Daniel Brooks - 1000 - - - - -
Duncan Stewart
Duncan Stewart - 1000 - 1000 500 - -
Gary King
Gary King - 1000 - - - - -
Haotong Li
Haotong Li - 1000 - - 250 - -
Jordan Smith
Jordan Smith - 1000 - 1000 - - -
Justin Harding
Justin Harding - 1000 - 1000 - - -
Omar Sandys
Omar Sandys - - - 1000 - - -
Oscar Stark
Oscar Stark - 1000 - - - - -
Paul Maddy
Paul Maddy - 1000 - 1000 250 - -
Scott Vincent
Scott Vincent - 1000 - 1000 1000 - -
Thomas Detry
Thomas Detry - 1000 - 1000 4000 - -
Peter Karmis
Peter Karmis - 1000 - - 4000 - -