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Alfred Dunhill Championship: Schwartzel the only man to Safari with

| 10.12.2014

Home favourite and market leader for the Alfred Dunhill Championship, Charl Schwartzel, clearly has a unique relationship with this European Tour event, where he looks a fine bet to make it a hat-trick of consecutive wins and a fourth overall.

Prices such as 5/1 to win a fully-fledged tournament on either of golf’s main tours are normally reserved for an esteemed minority, namely Rory McIlroy and prior to the current world number one, Tiger Woods in his pomp.

While the 2011 Masters champion does not belong in the same exalted bracket as the duo, at Leopard Creek Country Club, he is king of the jungle.

Situated on the edge of South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park, where sightings of crocodiles, hippos and elephants barely raise an eyebrow, Schwartzel has been first to the watering hole in successive years, while also picking up his maiden European Tour title here back in 2005.

In 2013, he picked up the trophy by a whopping 12-shot margin and although this is only his second appearance of the season, the Johannesburg native began it in very healthy fashion, finishing 14th at the Nedbank Challenge.

The winner of that event also tees off at the second event on the 2015 Race To Dubai Challenge and looks another to stake some wedge on, this time in the Top GB and Ireland market.

Englishman Danny Willet is a 2/1 chance to follow up his first European Tour victory since the 2012 BMW International Open, by performing very well again on South African soil.

Willet recorded seven top 10s on his way to 25th overall in the 2014 Race To Dubai stakes, and shot a seven-under-par here just last year to finish tied for ninth at Leopards Creek.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.