WE were knocking at the door again last week but nobody wanted to let us in. What was Hennie Otto my 25-1 antepost tip – doing?
He really Otto know better! Leading the South African Open by two with four holes to play he bogeyed 15 and double-bogeyed 16 for a four-shot swing so we had to settle for a place.
The problem is do I risk picking him again this week? Charl Schwartzel is again too short a price for me so I think I will.
Otto had a great run from the first in the third round to the 14th in the fourth with 16 birdies and an eagle through 32 holes. He also had a triple-bogey seven in that spell but we’ll ignore that. He’s a tough competitor and still a good price so a great each-way bet.
George Coetzee has arrived back in South Africa after a top-20 finish in the IPSA HANDA World of Golf in Australia. He finished 10th last year in this tournament at Leopard Creek and third the year before. It's a course he says is his favourite in the world and I expect big things from him.
Darren Fichardt had a disastrous 77 in the first round last week but fought back with a 65, 69 and a 72 to finish five under. The first round must have knocked the stuffing out of him but I think he’s good enough to do something this week.
Jbe Kruger had a great week finishing joint second even though his driving accuracy this year is a way down at 35 per cent!
He didn’t seem to have a great last season but he’s definitely got the talent. He hits quite a long ball and if he can keep the ball on the fairway he could be a good outsider.
20pt staking plan
Hennie Otto 4pts ew
George Coetzee 3pts ew
Darren Fichardt 2pt ew
Jbe Kruger 1pt ew