George Coetzee is the main selection for this week's Tshwane Open in Pretoria.
Pretoria Country Club is hour host for the 2016 renewal of the Tshwane Open. The course held this event for the first time in 2015 with George Coetzee coming out top of the pile after a free for all Sunday where plenty had their chances. Gary Player re-designed the course a number of yeas ago and ever since the scores haven't been as low as they once were. It is a short, tree lined track where position off the tee is of extreme importance. Last year a lot of weeds waited for errant drives however this year shouldn't be as difficult as the rough hasn't had the sufficient rain of late to grow. Nevertheless it remains a test off the tee and although scores will be in mid to late teens by the end of the week you will need to drive it in the right places to score well.
Charl Schwartzel lines up as 6/1 tournament fav and although the field here is relatively weak he's plenty short enough in my opinion. A stomach virus has ruled him out of the last number of weeks and getting over the line in any tournament always remains a chore for the former Masters champ. George Coetzee
who lines up next in the market is a much fairer betting proposition.
13th in Joburg and 7th in Qatar have been pleasing results for the Pretorian born Coetzee. He had five months on the sidelines after breaking his ankle and his results weren't expected to be that good so soon. Two other cuts made have been a welcome return. This is Coetzee's home course and without doubt is the most likely victor here. He managed to get it around in 14 under par last year despite ranking 72nd in driving accuracy. He doesn't find many fairways and the fact that wayward drives won't be as badly punished as last year can only be a positive. He ranked 1st in scrambling last year and this will be the downfall if anything this year. His short game wasn't it's usual self for George last week on the pure surfaces in Dubai. Coetzee though performs better on these surfaces in South Africa and he has every chance of repeating last years success. His price is fair at best, but I do feel he should be tournament fav ahead of Schwartzel.
George Coetzee - 2pts e/w @ 15/2Lost -4pts
has missed his last two cuts but that doesn't put me off an awful lot heading into this week. Qatar and Dubai aren't exactly suited to his game but this should definitely be more up his avenue. He didn't play here last year but has shown form on many courses that require a more accurate tee shot. The KLM, BMW, Nordea (2015) and Woburn have all been stiff enough driving tests where Zanotti has played well. He is never one to weigh in a lot of our dough on but he holds every chance of shooting a decent score here this week. He was impressive at the British Masters pushing Fitzpatrick all the way and his price of 66/1 if of interest in a weak field.
Fabrizio Zanotti - 0.75pts e/w @ 66/1Lost -1.5pts
Finally we'll have a small speculative wager on Oliver Fisher
. He has played well in South Africa before and this may be the right time to get involved. It is a course that should suit, although he only posted a modest finish here last year. Playing with McIlroy in a practice round last week as well as a competitive round on day 3 should do him plenty of favours and I'm prepared to have a small bet at 66//1.
Oliver Fisher - 0.5pts e/w @ 66/1Lost -1pts