The European Tour stays in South Africa for a second week running as the players yet again take on one of South Africa’s finest courses for the Africa Open title. However, with some of the big house-hold names playing in the Northern Trust Open this week in Los Angeles and many other players preparing for the WGC Accenture Match Play next week, the Africa Open is lacking any real buzz as many players are opting to not play.
Last week’s winner George Coetzee was due to play in the event this week but has chosen otherwise with some doors closing and others opening, this means he has chosen to prepare himself for next week’s Accenture Match Play in Arizona.
South African players has dominated the event ever since it was introduced in 2010 with the last four winners all being homegrown. Which is no surprise the majority of South African players are odds on favorites to win the event. The two main contenders are Thomas Aiken who is a regular on the European and PGA tours, Thomas has had four straight top 15 finishes in this tournament with a second place in 2010, and the other play is not very well-known on the European Tour but is common name on the Sunshine Tour. This name is Jaco Van Zyl who as an unbelievable record at the Africa Open with two fourth place finishes and a second place finish which is no wonder he has 14/1 odds on winning the event outright.