Thomas Aiken Is A Solid Each Way Tip For The Joburg Open
- 21 Feb 2017
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|
| Thomas Aiken (each way)
|@ 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.