Steyn City Championship Picks And Odds


*) , , , . Steyn City Championship predictions South Africa is a mainstay of the European/DP World Tour, but this week we are presented with a new tournament and venue.

Following the success of the MyGolfLife Open, which was won by Pablo Larrazabal from Spain, the Tour will make a quick trip to Johannesburg for this year’s Steyn City Championship.

The Club at Steyn is the creatively named venue. However, Jack Nicklaus designed it. This makes it a great icon.

Last week’s Pecanwood venue gives you a feeling of déjà vu.

Given the similar geographical location (The Club at Steyn City is only 30 miles away from Pecanwood) and same course designer, it’s certainly a fair strategy to focus on players who performed strongly last week.

Nicklaus courses share similar characteristics – they are generous with the tees and emphasize on approach – form should be easy to translate.

The Club is a new course that only opened for business in 2015.

On the DP World Tour website, it’s listed as 7,716 yards which initially looks extremely long. Johannesburg, however, is higher than sea level and the ball can fly farther.

Beyond that, it’s a stock par 72 with four par fives while water comes into play on seven holes so there’s the potential for double bogeys.

Do the locals have an advantage? Last week, we saw two Spanishmen (Larrazabal & Adri Arnaus), and one Englishman (Jordan Smith), competing in a play-off. Two well-known South Africans, George Coetzee & Richard Sterne finished fourth and fifth.

The only real course form available comes from a two-man team event held here in 2018 when South African duo Jean Hugo and Hennie du Plessis lifted the trophy.

Back Fisher for the win

MyGolfLife Open winner Larrazabal had some decent results coming into last week but one other obvious clue was his previous impressive form in South Africa where he’d won the 2019 Alfred Dunhill Championship.

So I’m going to pull a few lines of thinking together and back Ross Fisher for the win at +4000.

The Englishman, who has had some impressive performances in recent weeks, is full of confidence.

He was runner-up at the Ras al Khaimah Classic two starts ago having posted 18th in the previous week’s Ras al Khaimah Championship.

And last week he opened with a 62 and finished sixth in the MyGolfLife Open.

This last display is crucial for two reasons.

This display was important for two reasons.

HTML2_Second it was on Nicklaus courses and Fisher has performed well before, so we are beginning to see the stars aligning when we evaluate his chances.

Finally, a check of his stats shows that he’s picked up a combined 21. 181 strokes Tee To Green in his last two events, ranking 1st in that category at the Ras al Khaimah Classic and 4th last week at the MyGolfLife Open.

The long game is there so it’ll just take a little spike in his putting stats but that has happened a couple of times when looking at Fisher’s last 10 events.

Back Fisher for the win at +4000 with Caesars Sportsbook.

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Lawrence could outscore Wu

This week’s match betting can be considered cult as both of the players are not often seen in this market.

Both were recent winners, but I will take South Africa’s Thriston Law to defeat China’s Ashun Wu.

Wu is one of the DP World Tour’s most curious characters. Although he has four wins at this level, he spends most of his time not on the radar.

The key is that his peaks tend to disappear quickly after that. He won the Kenya Open in the beginning of this month so it’s not surprising that the process will repeat.

He was going quite well last week but fell away in the final round to drop outside the top 20 and maybe that’s the start of his drop.

Lawrence’s big moment was at the Joburg Open in October. Given that we are back in Johannesburg, this must be worth some bonus points.

Despite a dip, he’s been kicking on and has finished runner up in Kenya in the past two weeks and was ninth at the MyGolfLife Open.

Lawrence beat Wu by four shots last week and I’ll back him to win their duel again in a -115 pick ’em at DraftKings.

Du Plessis can crack the top 10

As mentioned, Hennie du Plessis won a pairs event at this week’s course a few years ago and that nugget shines brighter when noting that he finished sixth at the MyGolfLife Open last Sunday.

That’s now four top eights in his last six starts in South Africa and another of those was a top 20.

It’s not a long and complicated course/current argument, but it’s sometimes enough.

Back him at an attractive +500 to make the top 10.

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How to Watch Steyn City Championship

Steyn City Championship Tournament Steyn City Championship Location The Club at Steyn City, Johannesburg, South Africa Time Thursday, March 17 – Sunday, March 20 How to Watch Thursday-Friday 6.30am-11. 30am ET (Golf Channel), Saturday 6. 30am-11am (Golf Channel), Sunday 6. 30am-11am (Golf Channel). All 4 days on Sky Sport

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