Jamie Donaldson 4/6
Ryan Moore 6/1
Thomas Bjorn 6/1
Henrik Stenson 7/1
Sergio Garcia 14/1
Thongchai Jaidee 28/1
Brendon De Jonge 100/1
Charl Schwartzel 125/1
Justin Rose 125/1
Peter Uihlein 200/1
DA Points 200/1
Darren Fichardt 200/1
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While the PGA tour has its weekend with Santa tournament at the World Challenge, the European Tour stars line up to up for a crack at their Christmas pot of $6.5m at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
The Gary Player Country Club hosts the event, the course is one of the major attractions at the once infamous Sun City resort in the north west region of South Africa. Sun City has two golf courses, the Lost City course which features crocodiles in one of its ponds, and the Gary Player Country club which has consistently been rated as the number one or two course in South Africa.
The fairways consist of a lush kikuyu and are complemented by immaculate bent-grass greens. Designed by Gary Player and Ron Kirkby and named after Player in celebration of his status as South Africa's greatest golfer, this par 72 track measures 7,655 yards from the championship tees. It is one of the longest golf courses in the world.
The Kikuyu-grassed fairways and bent grass greens contrast magnificently with the more barren thorn-scrub and aloe-covered hillsides through which the parkland course meanders. The fairways are wide but are bordered by tough kikuyu rough and untended African bushveld which, together with the tricky greens are the course's main defences.
Water comes into play on five holes, most famously on the par-five 9th with its island green, which is surrounded by waterfalls and artificial rocks. There are natural amphitheatres at the 9th and 18th holes, as well as several other vantage points around the course, giving thousands of spectators great views of the course as well as the players.
My tips to win:
Henrik Stenson's bank manager must be rubbing his hands in anticipation at another big pay-day for the Swede, and in the form he is in it is no wonder the bookies are only making him 3/1, so I am going with another player in great form and that is Charl Schwartzel 11/2. Again, these are not the greatest of odds in this limited field but coming in on the back of defending his Alfred Dunhill Championship title and his fourth place finish at the SA Open Championship, the South African will be looking to go back-to-back in front of his home support.
Justin Rose 15/2 will be another player looking to finish the season on a high. The US Open Champion who finished the European Tours Final Series with three straight Top 10 finishes, two of which were Top 5s - is in great form. The lad from Hampshire only finished outside the Top 25 three times from thirteen starts on the European Tour this year.
My each-way Tips:
You can get some good odds on Frenchman Victor Dubuisson 35/1 who comes into this event on a hot streak, he had four Top 20 finishes from his last five events and two of those were third places finishes. He also had a win at the Turkish Airlines Open. Victor has been threatening all year to come good and it looks like he has peaked at just the right time for the big pay-days.
My outside tips:
There is some great outside bets this week with a limited field of thirty players, and when you look at the form of Morten Orum Madsen 100/1 he has to be a worth a pound each-way, but the player I am going for is Darren Fichardt 125/1, who we have tipped a couple of time recently but he has let us down. Darren currently sits in second place on the Sunshine Tour courtesy of some great early year form and his win in the African Open, but in front of a home crowd like Morten at these odds he has to be worth a pound each-way.