Betting Tips for 25th to 28th November 2021
Hosting the first event of a new season is always a big deal for a golf tournament. The hosts of the Joburg Open were proud to kick off the new European Tour season last year and are especially proud that the tournament is the first of the newly named DP World Tour.
That this week’s tournament takes place in South Africa just days after the last season ended in Dubai highlights the global nature of the DP World Tour. Moreover, the Joburg Open is co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour and Asian Tour which adds an international flavour to an event that has an understandably South African feel to it.
Randpark Golf Club is a suitably important venue to South African golf to play host this week. The club’s Firethorn course has played host to the South African Open twice and the Sunshine Tour’s SAA Pro-Am Invitational as well as previous editions of the Joburg Open.
Dean Burmester is one of several players in the field this week who has his own rich history with Randpark. It didn’t start well for him when missing the cut on his course debut in 2011 and he hasn’t always played well on the Firethorn course but he has had his moments and can seriously challenge this year. Before a couple of good weeks in Dubai, Burmester won in his native South Africa at the Sunshine Tour’s PGA Championship. That incoming form and his course history have seen Burmester installed as the bookies’ favourite but there is still some 10/1 about his chances of winning which is a price not to miss while it lasts.
South African golfers have missed out on the last two editions of the Joburg Open but the home contingent is typically strong this year. That includes Brandon Stone who would love to win this for several reasons. Chief among them is the loss of form that he has gone through lately. Stone has always been better at certain elements of golf (driving distance, approach play) than others (his short game needs some serious work). But when he’s at his best he is capable of winning even some very high profile tournaments. It is going to take a lot of work for him to get back inside the top 100 of the world rankings but it wouldn’t be a surprise if that journey began in Johannesburg this week so back Stone each way at odds of 30/1.