Betting Tips for 10th to 13th March 2022
South Africa has long been an important country for the DP World Tour. Those involved in South African golf were delighted that the new era of the tour began in the Rainbow Nation but things could hardly have gone much worse. The discovery of the Omicron variant saw many players leave the country after the first round of the Joburg Open while those who remained completed just one more round. Then the South African Open was dropped by the DP World Tour and the Alfred Dunhill Championship was cancelled.
Thankfully, the situation is much better now than it was in November and the inaugural MyGolfLife Open should go off without a problem this week. The tournament takes place at Peacanwood Golf & Country Club. A lengthy course that can stretch to around 7,700 yards, Peacanwood should be a happy hunting ground for the biggest hitters in the field. That is the case even when you factor in the effects of altitude at a course that is about 18 miles outside of Johannesburg.
As is often the case in South Africa, the MyGolfLife Open is being co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour. Therefore, a large contingent of South African golfers will head to Peacanwood in the hope of securing a win that can open doors for them in their careers. The main goal for every player in the field regardless of where they are from is to reach a level where they’re not playing at this event at all. The Players Championship, taking place at the same time in Florida, is right up there with the major championships as a tournament that every golfer wants to play in. It says a lot about the humility and work rate of Bernd Wiesberger, therefore, that he has decided to compete in the MyGolfLife Open despite the obvious disappointment of missing out on a place in the Players Championship.
Wiesberger played well enough last season to earn a place on Europe’s Ryder Cup team. He sees his future at the top of the game and with the work he put in after wrist surgery he proved that he isn’t going to leave any stone unturned in his quest to reach the pinnacle of the sport. Wiesberger is very much the class angle in the field and despite likely feeling a lot of pressure to prove himself against this level of opposition, the Austrian can come away from Joburg with a win at a fair price of 20/1.
Away from Wiesberger and the record of South African golfers on home soil suggests that support should be given to someone from the home contingent. Shaun Norris is the first South African to consider backing at a generous looking price of 60/1. He grew up in Johannesburg so knows exactly what to expect from the local grass and is used to dealing with the effects of altitude. The 39 year old has been playing some very good golf of late and is a very reliable putter who will take many of the chances he creates for himself this week.
George Coetzee is another highly experienced South African golfer who looks like good value at Pecanwood. The 35 year old has shown signs of picking himself out of a dip in form lately. His last outing on the DP World Tour saw him finish in a share of ninth place at the Ras al Khaimah Classic and the return home should only boost his chances of further improvement. He has enough power off the tee to take on Pecanwood and should be in contention on Sunday so each way support is in order at odds of 35/1.
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2022: Pablo Larrazabal
Pablo Larrazabal came through a three-way playoff to win the MyGolfOpen for his sixth win on the DP World Tour. The popular Spaniard had to fight it out with Adri Arnaus and Jordan Smith over two holes of a playoff at Muthaiga Golf Club to claim a hard-earned win.
The extra drama was great news for the South African fans who turned up to see Muthaiga host a DP World Tour event for the first time. It wasn’t such good news for golf fans from further afield as the tournament was unfortunately not televised but the highlights paint a picture of Larrazabal having to delve deep into his technical and mental strength to win.
Larrazabal was by no means the favourite coming into the final round. He started two shots behind 54-hole leader Hennie Du Plessis on Sunday and knew that he’d have to come up with something special on a golf course that was providing little resistance. He got that something special early on with three birdies in his first five holes while Du Plessis found the pressure of winning on home soil a bit too much. The pressure also got to Larrazabal late one as he bogeyed the 17th hole to let Smith and Arnaus back into it but he gathered himself admirably to win in extra holes.