Golf fans, the DP World Tour stays in South Africa for the penultimate event of the year. Last week Frederic Lacroix finished in a tie for fifth and gave us a small profit, but hopefully we can find ourselves a winner this week and finish the season strong.
I have had a really in-depth look at the course for this coming week. For players to be in with a chance this week, distance control with irons is crucial, as the greens are slick and they will need to tuck a few of the pins away in a couple of the rounds at least.
If I’m being honest, I haven’t been too keen on the last few events held here, but at least but we are back on a proper golf course this week and I think this event could turn out to be very exciting looking at the lineup.
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The Alfred Dunhill Championship takes place at Leopard Creek Country Club over 7,249 yards and this course is not as straightforward as it seems. Good iron play is an absolute essential this week, as proven by last year's winner Ockie Strydom, who carded a course record of 63 in the third round, and went on to win the event in style.
He achieved that by hitting the greens accurately almost every time, but obviously his flat stick was working nicely too. I believe we are in for a bit of a treat this week and I have two bets lined up for you.
My number one selection for this week is world number 88 Erik Van Rooyen, who has found his game again this season and got himself back in the winner’s circle when he won the WWT at the beginning of November.
I really should have seen it coming and I was frustrated not to have had a penny on him, simply because I’d been waiting to try and catch him just right. Anyway, that’s behind us now and he looks to have another really good chance this week. His iron play has been brilliant of late and that is the key requirement here. Erik moves the ball well with his irons and has demonstrated very good distance control.
On the DP World Tour he has clocked up finishes of sixth, eighth and then 16th last week. Meanwhile, in his last three PGA Tour starts he placed 16th and 23rd, then went on to win the WWT with an Eagle at the last hole, so he has really continued his good form. I really fancy him to make it two for the season, his motivation is high and the 16/1 offers great value for his credentials.
Selection number two for this week is Francesco Laporta from Italy, he has yet to win on the DP World Tour, but he is ultra consistent and caught my eye in last week’s South African Open, where he was hitting his irons very well indeed.
Although he has yet to break his maiden, with iron play being so crucial here, he has a good opportunity, and at a very big price. He was tenth last week and prior to that had three Top 10 finishes in a row on the Challenge Tour. He is also a player that plays well when he gets some momentum, so I think Francesco Laporta needs to be taken seriously this week.
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