Jaco Van Zyl was disappointing in the end last week after a good start to the event. He had little excuses and this week he turns up to Johannesburg with better chances on a course which will suit his game a shade more than last week. I am reluctant to pass him up but with the spurned opportunities mounting I can't have a serious bet on him this week. At the time of writing I am still unsure whether to have a stake saver on him at the end. I'll see how I feel after penning a few more paragraphs. Brandon Stone turns up hoping for a second win in so many weeks and with the talent this lad has we can't rule him out. He was impressively tenacious last week after looking to have thrown the event away spurning a four shot lead early in the final round. He rallied to produce some great golf on the closing holes and more than deserved his victory. His price of 25/1 in this field may prove to be value, but I'll take a watching brief on the 22 year old for the time being.
With a few glimpses of form last week there is a couple of South Africans worth siding with who have decent form around these layouts. First up we have Richard Sterne. He looked like missing the cut comfortably last week before going 7 under for 8 holes deep into the second round. With a 67 on day 3 he set up a potential challenge but that failed to materialise. Anyhow, a few positives to come out of the week despite an unspectacular finish. He lands in Johannesburg with wins here in 2013 and 2008. A hat trick of wins can not be ruled out and at 30/1 we are more than prepared to take the risk.
Six out of nine of these events have been won by South Africans and our primary focus will be on them this week. Sterne took a few weeks out in the States towards the end of last season and I admired his ambition. If he gets around the lead any time during this tournament he knows how to finish it off. He has four European tour wins in South Africa and rates as the best bet of the week.
His 2015 season was cut short not long after the PGA with injury and last week was his first outing since. The course last week played a lot tougher than I thought and finishing two shots off the cut mark after two days is no disaster. He will have enjoyed the gallop and has every chance of improving on two courses he loves. He has the ability to score on the tougher course which is key so we'll have to include him in our staking this week. A tasty price also.