Golf betting expert Niall Lyons has three bets for this weeks European Tour event at Sun City.
The Nedbank is no longer how we used to know it with a very limited number of players. This year it hosts the beginning of the Finals Series on the European Tour and a 72 man field goes down to post for what is one of the most prestigious titles on the tour. It has long since been around this tournament and has attracted the worlds best down the years at Sun City. The Gary Player CC is a course which rewards a solid long game. Long driving is the order of the day and greens in regulation is a solid yardstick on which to approach this weeks betting heat.
Marc Leishman won impressively here last year but didn't go on to fulfill a lot of the potential many thought he would after his victory. Last years runner up Henrik Stenson heads the field at an eye popping shortage of 4/1. Granted, he is the most likely victor if this tournament, and doesn't have an awful lot to beat considering his position in the world game. However, 4/1 is reserved for the prolific performances of McIlroy in the far East, Schwartzel in his native home. With a win and three runner ups and two other top 5s here at Sun City it is certainly understandable why the bookies are taking no risks as many will see it as an each-way bet to nothing. I can't invest at those odds though. 72 holes around the Gary Player CC is a lot of time and 4/1 doesn't tickle my tastebuds.
A more tempting alternative to the Swede is an equally classy operator in the shape of MARTIN KAYMER. He has posted 19 made cuts in succession and previous to his 40th placed finish at the WGC a few weeks back posted three 6th placed finishes in four weeks. His form is rather consistent and coming to a venue on which he won in 2012 he rates a solid chance. His price is nothing to write home about at 22/1 but Id'sooner chance Kaymer at 22/1 than Stenson at 4s.
With the inevitable contention it seems of Stenson this week I'm looking for alternatives who have a classy game or golfers who can stretch the field early doors. ALEX LEVY is one of those golfers as was evident in late September when he won from the front at the European Open. Second in Perth and fourth in Shenzhen shows that Levy is capable of travelling far and wide and performing. He has had a mixed bag since winning in September but did give a good account of himself at the British Masters with a top five finish. Levy is capable of going low early and maybe he can put the heat on the bigger players and force some mistakes. A recent winner at 50/1 is enough to get us interested.