18:55 – November 20, 2020
As so usually occurs throughout South African occasions, a day storm brought on a prolonged suspension of play on the Joburg Open so we have not fairly reached the midway stage. Various gamers must return to the course early tomorrow to complete off their second rounds and that features a few gamers in-contention. Here’s the present state of play at 18:50 with costs to again, in addition to holes performed in spherical two the place relevant.
Jacques Blaauw -13 5.85/1
Wilco Nienaber -12 3.90
JB Hansen -10 8.415/2 (thru 16)
Aaron Cockerill -10 16.015/1
Shaun Norris -9 12.011/1 (thru 15)
Julian Suri -8 32.031/1
Richard Bland -8 27.026/1
Rhys Enoch -8 60.059/1
-7 and 28.027/1 bar
The chief, Jacques Blaauw, was extraordinarily spectacular as we speak however wanting again on the 4 72-hole tournaments performed at Randpark this century, utilizing this week’s venue, Firethorn, in addition to the membership’s different course, Bushwillow, no midway chief has gone on to win.
Mathias Gronberg was 5 off the lead in fifth place on the 2000 South African Open, Shubhankar Sharma sat second, only one off the lead, on the final version of this occasion in 2017, Louis Oosthuizen received the South African Open right here in December 2018, having trailed by a few strokes at midway and Branden Grace received that occasion in January, having sat tied for eleventh and three off the lead.
At simply 20, Wilco Nienaber has an extremely shiny future however it will be robust for one so younger to contend over the weekend. I’m not for one second saying he cannot win however he misplaced his approach fairly badly on the Portugal Masters when in-the-mix again in September and having a caddie that is he is solely recognized since Monday is not an enormous plus.
I’m blissful to sit down this one out for now however the one I got here closest to backing was the younger Canadian, Aaron Cockerill, who’s the one participant within the top-five that was drawn Pm-Am over the primary two days. With his girlfriend on the bag, Cockerill seems relaxed and he is arguably barely overpriced at 16.015/1 given his proximity to the lead.
The second spherical of the RSM Classic is effectively underway and I’ve had a small wager on the 2014 winner Robert Streb at 10.5.
Double figures on Streb appears to be like truthful. onerous to see him not main at midway and could possibly be a number of clear if he can decide up two extra birdies
? Steve Rawlings (@SteveThePunter) November 20, 2020
I’ll be again tomorrow morning to take one other take a look at this one on the midway stage.
08:35 – November 20, 2020
The second spherical of the Joburg Open is effectively underway and it appears to be like like favorite backers have already had their fingers burnt. Home favorite, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, a pre-tournament 17.016/1 probability, began his first spherical properly and he was matched at a low of simply 5.24/1 after he’d birdied 5 of his first six holes however he is gone backwards ever since and on the time of writing, he is languishing outdoors the top-40 locations.
Promising teen, Wilco Nienaber, and the skilled, Shaun Norris, tied for the lead after spherical one on eight-under-par and the quick begin by Norris was notably irritating.
Given his strong course kind, I backed Norris within the South Africa Open right here in January when he may solely end thirty sixth however I used to be blissful to probability him once more at 44.043/1 after he shot back-to-back weekend 67s final day trip within the aggressive ZOZO Championship on the PGA Tour. Unfortunately, I did not get matched.
I in all probability ought to have left the occasion alone and waited to see what as we speak introduced however I could not resist a small play on Garrick Higgo at 30.029/1 final evening. He trails the present chief, Aaron Cockerill, who’s began his second spherical very effectively, by absolutely eight strokes so he’ll should get a shift on when he begins his second spherical later as we speak however he is greater than succesful. He’s certainly one of a number of that wasn’t fairly a large enough value to probability earlier than the off however he completed the opening spherical properly and I believed 30.029/1 was acceptable.
Over on the RSM Classic on the PGA Tour, Camilo Villegas and Matt Wallace are tied for the lead after they opened up the occasion with six-under-par 66s on the Seaside Course however with eight gamers tied for third on -5 and an additional ten gamers simply two off the lead, I’m very happy to let the stagger unwind and see the place we’re tomorrow.
On a tricky first day, the Seaside Course performed barely simpler than the Plantation Course – averaging fractionally beneath it is par of 70 at 69.88, whereas the Plantation averaged 72.59, greater than half a stroke above it is par of 72.
Pre-event decide, Patton Kizzire, is amongst these tied for third and certainly one of my three Find Me a 100 Winner alternatives, Wyndham Clark, sits tied for thirty first and simply 4 off the lead – regardless of a triple-bogey eight on the par 5 fourth gap on the Plantation Course!
Although solely alongside Clark in a tie for thirty first, Webb Simpson nonetheless heads the market however he is now 12.011/1 to again, exhibiting simply how open the occasion is.
I’ll be again this night or very first thing within the morning with a glance a the state of play on the Joburg open on the midway approach level.
Joburg Open Pre-Event Selections:
Daniel van Tonder @ 28.027/1
Masahiro Kawamura @ 65.064/1
Ross McGowan @ 200.0199/1
Garrick Higgo @ 30.029/1
RSM Classic Pre-Event Selections:
Doc Redman @ 80.079/1
Stewart Cink @ 180.0179/1
Patton Kizzire @ 200.0199/1
James Hahn @ 200.0199/1
Find Me a 100 Winner Selections
Back Wyndham Clark 1u @ 200.0199/1
Place order to lay 10u @ 10.09/1
Back Harry Higgs 1u @ 210.0209/1
Place order to put 10u @ 10.09/1
Back Kristoffer Ventura 1u @ 210.0209/1
Place order to put 10u @ 10.09/1
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