Golf betting preview: South African Open

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Our guest betting expert from Sports Betting Index gives his top picks for the first European Tour event of 2015

The European Tour kicks off 2015 down in South Africa with this year’s South African Open that comes from the Glendower course for the second year running. 

I have gone with a mainly young team who to be honest fall mainly in the solid potential category with Horsey being the exception to the rule having been there and done it already!

David Horsey certainly knows how to win events in fact he has three to his name on the main tour but he can be a nightmare to catch right! 

I think he is at his best on parkland courses and did well in South Africa last year – so much so in that I had him more like a 33/1 shot this week – £30 e/w 55/1 + £50 e/w 50/1

Matthew Nixon will have fond memories of Glendower as he held the outright lead last year after day one. 

He became a bit more consistent as a golfer last year and with some of his highest career finishes coming on parkland courses tis is the sort of event he could breakthrough £10 ew 150/1 + £12 180 Betfair + £10 ew FRL 120/1

I will take a small risk on Espen Kofstad who returned from long term injury problems to get his card back at Q School and then finish a solid 14th at Leopard Creek before Christmas. 

He showed back in 2012 on the Challenge Tour he was a big talent and hopefully injury free he can fulfill that potential £10 e/w 225/1 and £10 at 280/1. 
As a player who knows how to win and could well be playing on a course that suits he can’t really be left out at this price" Danie Van Tonder is the sole home player on my list and at the age of just 23 has achieved a lot. 

He was a top amateur and when he turned pro won 10 of the 18 events on his home IGT tour. He then finished 2nd in the SA Q School and has progressed nicely through the ranks earning his first two victories last year. 

What marks him out to me is his great consistency and he did finish 9th and 2nd in two co-sanctioned events early last year with similar fields £30 e/w 66/1 6 places.

Finally I am going to take a punt on Jordi Garcia Pinto at a simply massive price. Last year he was 2nd at Sotogrande and won the St Omer Open on a parkland course. 

The year before he won north of here in the Kenya Open on another similar course. As a player who knows how to win and could well be playing on a course that suits he can’t really be left out at this price £20 e/w 350/1

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