Charl Schwartzel loves the early European Tour sojourn to South Africa.
Schwartzel has finished second, fourth and fourth in the first three European Tour events of the 2011 season in South Africa, and his results at the start of the 2010 season make for strong reading too.
Second, 26, winner and winner were Schwartzel’s results in the same four tournaments last year and this is why he is the 3/1 favourite in the Joburg Open betting with his nearest rival priced at 12/1.
3/1 is reflective of the form that Schwartzel is currently in and as he returns to the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club to defend his 2010 title, his fellow pros will find it difficult to wrestle the title from him.
Danny Willett is the second favourite at 12/1 and he proved his love for the course when finishing fourth here last year.
This is Willett’s first start of the year but his from at the end of 2010 with two top-fives in four tournaments is strong enough to warrant a punt on the young Englishman.
Further down the betting, Robert Dinwiddie, who impressed us enough to back him last week at 33/1, is 25/1 in the Joburg Open this week after finishing seventh in last week’s Africa open, stretching his run to three top ten finishes in his last three starts.
With massive Joburg Open betting odds of 200/1 is Shaun Norris and his final round of 66 in last week’s Africa Open led him to a T8 finish and puts him in contention this week.
Last year’s Joburg Open runner-up was also a winning Ryder Cup captain and Darren Clarke will be hopeful of taking on a field that isn’t bursting with quality – he is 20/1 to win this week.
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