BMW SA Open Golf Betting Tips

First European Tour event of the season, who is going to win in South Africa?

BMW SA Open Golf Betting Tips
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The European Tour is back this week with the BMW SA Open, take a look at who we think will do well

BMW SA Open Golf Betting Tips

The European Tour is back for 2018 with its first event of the year at Glendower Golf Club for the prestigious South African Open.

It is one of the world's oldest national Opens, and this year is the tournament's 107th playing.

Last year, Graeme Storm won his second European Tour title by defeating Rory McIlroy in a playoff.

He is back to defend and is 66/1 to win this tournament again.

The favourite with the bookies this week is eight-time European Tour winner Branden Grace at 23/4, with 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel second-favourite at 25/4.

Like last week, the GM Tipster Tom Clarke is down under in Australia so I will be stepping in again.

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It was a good start to 2018 for the betting tips last week.

I picked Dustin Johnson to win the Sentry Tournament of Champions five points each way at 7/1. I hope some of you made some money from that.

There was also money won from Pat Perez in fourth. He was backed two points each way at 29/1.

In the last 16 years there have been 11 South African winners and there are always numerous home players in the top-10. My picks will reflect that...

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Jordan Smith - 5 points each way at 28/1 with - Despite the South Africa talk, I'm going with a Brit to win here for the second year in a row. Jordan Smith is a perennial winner, having won both the EuroPro and Challenge Tour Order of Merits in 2015 and 2016 before winning his first European Tour title in 2017. In just his fourth European Tour event here last season he was third and played in the final group with Storm and McIlroy. He's an outside bet for the Ryder Cup side and could edge closer with a win here.

Thomas Aiken - 2 points each way at 53/1 with - This is a slightly left-ball pick as Aiken isn't in fantastic form. However, he was T5th here last time out and has never won this tournament - that's surely something he'd like to change. He has won the Africa Open though, which was his last victory back in 2014. He's overdue a win and certainly has the experience to get over the line.

Trevor Fisher Jnr - 2 points each way at 70/1 with - Fisher Jnr was T5th here last here and T8th here the year before, plus he's South African and 70/1! Need I say more?

Justin Walters - 1 point each way at 100/1 with - The South African looks very tempting at these odds this week considering he was T21st here last year and T4th in 2016. His form certainly isn't great but it's his National Open, I'll have him at 100/1.

Please do bet responsibly and the best of luck to you.

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV