The Robert Trent Jones designed Royal Golf Dar Es Salam was commissioned by King Hassan II and now hosts the European Tour sanctioned Trophee Hassan II tournament. It is regarded as one of the toughest courses on the African continent and one of the toughest. It is a massive 7,487 yards par 72 with its rolling terrain winding through forests of oak, cork and eucalyptus trees. The signature hole is the par 3 9th which has a lily pond with flamingos!! Putting looks to be the stat to look at with maybe a sideways look at driving accuracy.
Last season was a good one for Brandon Stone on the Sunshine Tour with a win and a further four top five placings. So far this season he has three top ten finishes including a win at the Alfred Dunhill Championship and a very respectable T7 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. He hasn’t won outside his native South Africa but that could be about to change. His Driving Accuracy stat is 61% with a Putts Per GIR of 1.709.
The on form man in this field has to be South African Dean Burmester. He won the Tshwane Open last month by three strokes and look very comfortably. A fourth in the BMW SA Open was followed by a seventh in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship following week. The 26-year-old, along with Stone, look like the next generation of great golfers to come out of South Africa. His driving accuracy is probably a weak point at 48.1% but his putting certainly makes up for it with a stat of 1.686 (6th).
1.50 ew Brandon Stone (Betfair 20-1)
1.50 ew Dean Burmester (Stan James 18-1)
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