Joburg Open Golf Odds - European Tour Betting

Joburg Open Golf Odds

Playing with the schedule on the fly, the European Tour tacked on several more events near the close of the year. Three of those tournaments will take place in South Africa starting with this week’s Joburg Open, which actually makes a return to the circuit after being on hiatus for a few years. Many mid-tier players are ecstatic to continue playing and they dot the roster and oddsboard creating an opportunity for a nice payout. Shubhankar Sharma emerged victorious when the tournament was last held, though that came on two different courses. Christiaan Bezuidenhout, the only player in the field to compete in the Masters, opened as the betting favorite. A complete list of betting odds is available at when you’re ready to place a wager.

Odds to Win Joburg Open at

Christiaan Bezuidenhout +1000

Adrian Otaegui +1600

Joost Luiten +1600

Adri Arnaus +1600

Brandon Stone +1800

Daniel Van Tonder +2000

Garrick Higgo +2000

Matthew Jordan +2000

Gavin Green+2200

Marcus Armitage +2200

Dean Burmester +2500

Shaun Norris +2500

Shubhankar Sharma +2500

Johannes Veerman +2800

M.J. Daffue +3000

Wilco Nienaber +3000

Louis De Jager +3300

Antoine Rozner +3300

Fabrizio Zanotti +3300

Richard Sterne +3300

Scott Jamieson +3300

Joachim B. Hansen +4000

Wil Besseling +4000

Masahiro Kawamura +4000

Sean Crocker +4000

Jaco Ahlers +4500

Darren Fichardt +5000

Alexander Lévy +5000

Steven Brown +5000

Adrien Saddier +5500

Bryce Easton +5500

Richard Bland +6000

Matthieu Pavon +6600

Adilson Da Silva+6600

Adrian Meronk +7500

J. C. Ritchie +8000

Jayden Trey Schaper+8000

Keith Horne+8000

Odds Analysis

Dean Burmester +2500

I’ll stick with the theme of leaning toward South Africans since those players likely have a better understanding of the course and elements. That’s not always the case, but since we haven’t had a tournament here in close to a year, hometown players stick out. One is Burmester, who’s had an up and down year, though he was up last time out with a top-5 at the Italian Open ending a string of three straight MCs. And Burmester traditionally does well on home soil. Given the watered down field backing Burmester at this price is worth the risk.

Garrick Higgo +2000

Higgo is another South African who should feel right at home. He is home for one, but he’s also been a terror on both the Euro and Sunshine Tours giving him plenty of value. He’s only been playing professionally for a few years making a splash on the Sunshine Tour winning the Tour Championship. He’s fared well in dual-ranking events winning the Open de Portugal in just his seventh ET start. Coming off a MC at the Cyprus showdown in his last start, Higgo is motivated to make up for that stumble.

Wilco Nienaber +3000

Another local product who caught my eye is Nienaber, who was the country’s top-ranked amateur golfer after winning the 2019 South African Amateur Championship. Known for his bombs off the tee, Nienaber should take advantage of Randpark’s length to set up scoring chances. Cashing those in is another story. He made a splash on the ET a few months ago with a solo fourth and the English Championship and T6 at the Andalucia Masters, but it’s been tough going since. I’m banking on a return to familiar surroundings getting his game back on track.

Shubhankar Sharma +2500

A run of decent form has Sharma set up for bigger things this week. He won this event back in 2017 in his first trip to South Africa by tearing up Firethorn with three rounds of 69 or better finishing three shots clear. He hasn’t finished better than T14 in any of his previous seven starts, but he’s played the weekend in all of them with the exception of a 54-hole cut at the gimmicky Cyprus Showdown. Sharma stands out in a weakened field giving him value at his current price.

Daniel van Tonder +2000

Much like Higgo, van Tonder has been a standout on the Sunshine Tour and looks to insert his name as a Euro Tour champion. The field rivals that of a Sunshine event, so DVT should feel at ease. Having won four titles in the last two and a half months should also make him feel better about his chances.

Course: Randpark Golf Club – 7,506 yards, par 71

The tournament has been around since 2007 co-sanctioned with South Africa’s Sunshine Tour. Previous events were held at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club, including the last in December 2017 that Sharma won by three swings. The field takes to the Firethorn Course at Randpark for this year’s edition. It’s a lush, parkland venue that caters to big hitters at a distance of over 7,500 yards and par 71. Natives used to playing the conditions and kikuyu grass fairways would seem to have an advantage on a track that’s unfamiliar to most. Opening things up is the fact that the field is one of the weaker ones we’ve seen on Tour since the start of the UK Swing. There isn’t much in terms of hazards on the layout so keeping the ball straight and dropping putts is the usual route to success.

TV Coverage: Golf Channel

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