8th November 2016 at 6:37 pm #91956aceventurerModerator
Built in an extinct volcano the Gary Player Country Club, in Sun City, SA, is a gem of a course to host the second part of the Final Series in the Race to Dubai 2016. The Nedbank Golf Challenge became part of the European Tour International Schedule in 2014 and has quite a good field, including Open champion Henrik Stenson. The Gary Player designed course is 7,381 yards long and accuracy off the tee is going to be important with difficult rough and bush lining the fairways.
With that in mind Stenson looks a stick on with Driving Accuracy of 77.3% and GIR of 78.2% but at such low prices being offered I’m giving him a miss this week.
His compatriot Alex Noren is my first selection. With three wins this season and four top ten finishes he is really on form. His DA is 58.2%, which could be better, but he makes up for it with his GIR stat, which is 72.4%. Seventeen of his last 24 rounds have been under 70 and I think he looks a really good pick.
It’s hard to believe that Rafa Cabrera Bello hasn’t won since the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in 2012. He’s had six top ten finishes this year and finished fifth at the Olympics but since his superb display at the Ryder Cup, his form has dipped slightly. Having said that he has a DA stat of 60.2% and GIR of 76.5% which could be enough to get that elusive win.
Frenchman Alexander Levy is another that is having a good season. He won the Porsche European Open in September and has four other top ten finishes. The 26-year-old is 29th in the Race to Dubai and has DA stats of 57.1% and GIR of 67.7%. He looks a very inviting pick with the prices being offered.
1.50 ew Alex Noren (Betfair 20-1)
1.50 ew Rafa Cabrera Bello (Ladbrokes 28-1)
1.50 ew Alexander Levy (William Hill 50-1)
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