EUROPEAN TOUR: Alfred Dunhill Championship
VENUE: Leopard Creek Country Club, Malelane, South Africa
The Alfred Dunhill event, a regular on tour until 2016, returns to the same 7,300 yards long, par 72 Leopard Creek course where it was held for many years so course form is well established. With its expansive fairways and greens where pins can be readily tucked away the course tends to favour the longer hitter. Wild drives, however, are severely punished. Recent tour graduates have a very decent record here.
OUTRIGHT: Brandon Stone 1 pt E/W 28/1 (1/5 odds 7 places)
Having won here in 2016 with a hugely impressive score of 22 under par Stone arrives here as defending champion, a factor that can prove to be a millstone around the necks of some players. However in this tournament repeat winners are quite common so we ought perhaps to look at this as a positive. Stone warmed up with a fast-finishing 66 in round four to finish tied seventh last week at Randpark so looks in good shape to contend here this week.
OUTRIGHT: Adri Arnaus 0.5 pts E/W 150/1 (1/5 odds 6 places)
Spaniard Arnaus won the Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour final in November in some style, beating both Victor Perez and Romain Langasque, players who have already made their mark on the 2019 season. The key characteristic of his game is his length off the tee so this course offers him a chance to display his abilities.