A whopping 240 players will tee-up on Thursday for the final European Tour tournament of the year: Joburg Open. The 12th edition of the two-course event will be hosted at Randpark Golf Club for the first time as the usual location, the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington, is undergoing upgrades. Louis Oosthuizen headlines the tour’s largest field of the year, while a number of former champions return to South Africa gunning for glory, in an event which homegrown players have previously thrived in.
- Recap: Dylan Frittelli beat Arjun Atwal in a play-off to win the Mauritius Open.
- Course: Randpark Golf Club: Firethorn and Bushwillow Courses
- TV Schedule: Coverage from 8.30am on Thursday and Friday, 12.30pm on Saturday, then 9.30am on Sunday.
Louis Oosthuizen Tops The Betting
Louis Oosthuizen leads the betting at 11/2 to win the Joburg Open at for the first time in his career. The South African also featured at the top of the market for last week’s Mauritius Open, but despite a bright start had to settle for 7th spot, with Dylan Frittelli beating Arjun Atwal in a play-off.
Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, has eight European Tour victories and seven success on the Sunshine Tour to his name, but has been patiently waiting for another win, having last triumphed in February 2016, although he heads back to his homeland ready to roll, telling Sport240:
“I’m very excited to be supporting the growth of what is one of the premier tournaments in world golf. I’m a proud winner on all three tours and look forward to playing in Johannesburg again.”
Home Comforts For Former Champions
Eight of the 11 Joburg Open winners are South African, including seven of the last eight victors, making yet another native a tempting price at 4/5 to come out on top this weekend.
Five-time European Tour winner Darren Fichardt heads into the latest edition of the event as the defending champion following his success in February’s weather-affected three-round tournament where he carded a one-shot victory over Stuart Manley and Paul Waring.
Two players have triumphed twice at the Joburg Open - Richard Sterne and Charl Schwartzel - but the straight-hitting Fichardt will fancy his chances of becoming the third player to achieve this feat at 25/1 in the betting. Elsewhere, previous winners George Coetzee (2016), third in September’s KLM Open, and Haydn Porteous (2014), who won in the Czech Republic earlier this year, can be backed at 14/1 and 25/1 respectively.
Can Dylan Frittelli Double Up?
If you’re after a player in form then Dylan Frittelli is your man at 8/1 - second only to Oosthuizen in the outright market. As we mentioned previously the South African heads into the Joburg Open on the back of his success in Mauritius last week, playing with only 13 clubs for the majority of his final round!
Last month the big-hitting 27-year-old bagged second spot at the Turkish Airline Open and a fourth-place finish at the Dubai World Tour Championship, while earlier this year he triumphed at the Lyoness Open and finished runner-up at the China Open.
🎯 Greens in regulation 79% (1st)
⬛️ Bogeys or worse 6 (T2)
↕️ Scrambling 11/15 (10th)
💪 Driving distance 299yds (37th)