The new DP World Tour season continues on Thursday with the South African Open from the Blair Atholl Estate in Johannesburg.
|South African Open
|Blair Atholl Estate, Lanseria, Johannesburg, South Africa
|Thursday 30th November - Sunday 3rd December, 2023
|How to watch
|bet365 Live Golf Tracker & Sky Sports Golf
|Dean Burmester , Thriston Lawrence 14/1, Christiaan Bezuidenhout 16/1, Dan Bradbury 18/1, Matti Schmid 20/1
The old DP World Tour season ended with the DP World Tour Championship the week before last, then the new one started immediately, with the Australian PGA Championship and the Joburg Open. This week sees another double-header of DPWT action from Australia and South Africa.
The Australian Open field is dominated by Australians and the South African Open field is dominated by South Africans. Dean Burmester is the centre of attention at the Blair Atholl Estate as he bids to follow up his Joburg Open victory with another triumph in his homeland.
Burmester can be backed at to complete back-to-back successes, while the man he toppled at Houghton Golf Club on Sunday is second in the betting. Thriston Lawrence took a three-shot lead into the final round of the Joburg Open, but covered the opening five holes of his Sunday mission in four over par, quickly surrendering.
Lawrence closed with a 75 in the Joburg Open, sharing seventh place. He carded a final-round 74 in the South African Open last year, but that was enough to seal a one-shot victory at Blair Atholl. Punters have to decide whether Lawrence can overcome the mental scars he suffered in the Joburg Open on Sunday to retain his South African Open title.
Lawrence is a 14/1 chance to win at Blair Atholl again, while Christiaan Bezuidenhout can be backed at . Bezuidenhout skipped last year's South African Open, so is making his Blair Atholl debut. He recently became a father.
Charl Schwartzel is a chance to win his first South African Open. Schwartzel has long craved his national title and will feel that Blair Atholl gives him a good chance. He used to live on the Blair Atholl Estate and once carded a social round of 60 on the course.
Each-way terms of a quarter the odds, the first five places are available for the South African Open, as well as alternative terms like a fifth the odds, the first eight.
Blair Atholl Golf & Equestrian Estate, Lanseria, Johannesburg, is an 8,161-yard, par-72, with five par-fives and five par-threes.
Ockie Strydom, who carded a round of 63 in last year's South African Open, is the course-record holder. Blair Atholl is the third-longest course in the world, designed by Gary Player, who lived on the estate for more than 20 years.
The venue is at altitude, which means balls fly further. Four of the five par-fives are at least 606 yards apiece.
The 2021 Blair Atholl Championship was a Sunshine Tour event played at this venue before the South African Open arrived there last year. Sunny and calm weather is forecast throughout
The about Dean Burmester following up his Joburg Open glory with a South African Open triumph will appeal to plenty of punters. His form from Friday onwards in the Joburg Open was sensational and the power-packed local has even more room to show off his driving prowess at Blair Atholl.
Burmester finished fifth in last year's South African Open at Blair Atholl and has arrived in much better form for this edition. A fourth DP World Tour title could be coming.
Hennie du Plessis
The last five South African Opens have been won by South Africans and Hennie du Plessis will be fancying his chances of maintaining that streak. The chance has South African Open form figures of 6-3-9 and his recent form is encouraging.
Du Plessis finished tenth in the BMW PGA Championship in September, then was 14th in the Dunhill Links, sixth in the Nedbank Challenge and 21st in the Joburg Open last week.
South African youngster Casey Jarvis can be backed at , which may appeal to punters who have watched the 20-year-old develop over the last few months. Jarvis carded a round of 59 on the Sunshine Tour in April, then won his first Challenge Tour title in July.
A share of 37th place in the Joburg Open last week has set Jarvis up nicely for a South African Open title tilt.