Nedbank Challenge Betting Tips and Predictions
Nedbank Challenge Betting Tips and Predictions for the 2018 Nedbank Golf Challenge from Thursday 8th November to Sunday 11th November at the Gary Player Country Club, South Africa shown live on Sky Sports.
The Nedbank Challenge staking plan comprises four players for whom a Sun City triumph would mean an awful lot – a quartet of proven champions who should be fully concentrated on grinding out a competitive 72-hole total at a baking Gary Player Country Club.
Martin Kaymer 2.5pts Each-Way
For Martin Kaymer, the Nedbank is a great chance to stabilise his career and start the process of climbing back into the elite. The former world number one has dropped to 150th in the rankings, but is confident of soon recovering his place in the upper echelons of the sport. The German has gone four years without a victory, increasing his work-rate on the practice ground with every passing season, and injury problems in February did not help the cause. He is fully fit again, though, and nicely rested going into the final two months of the year, believing that it is only a matter of time before his application on the range is rewarded. Kaymer delivered a two-shot Nedbank victory in 2012, despite having arrived after 13 winless months, and he finished fifth last year despite having gone almost nine months without a top-ten finish and opening with a first-round 73. He loves the challenge of GPCC. At the age of 33, Kaymer still has bundles to offer. He was world number one soon after turning 26, has won two Majors – one by an eight-shot margin – and he holed the winning putt on the 18th hole at the 2012 Ryder Cup. This unflappable character has won 11 times on the European Tour and is hinting at a return to former glories.
Louis Oosthuizen2.5pts Each-Way
South Africa got its first home winner in a decade when Branden Grace took the title 12 months ago and Louis Oosthuizen could keep the home fans happy this time. Oosthuizen won the 2007 Dimension Data Pro-Am at this venue and has been threatening a Nedbank victory for several years, with form figures of 12-4-14-7-11-9-8 since his 2010 debut. GPCC is perfect terrain for the sweet-swinging Oosthuizen to show off his typically imperious long-game, but he usually arrives at Sun City with plenty of rust in his system. Last year he had gone almost two months without playing a strokeplay event. This time, he has been much more active, with fifth place in the CIMB Classic the highlight of a busy October.
Danny Willett2pts Each-Way
Much has changed for Willett since he became a Major champion at Augusta in 2016. More than two years later, he has a new coach, new caddie, and has become a father to two children. A slide which saw him drop from ninth in the world rankings to 462nd has been arrested, and the 31-year-old looks back in business. The shoulder problems which were blighting Willett seem a thing of the past – his swing has changed under Sean Foley in a bid to sustain full fitness – and the Sheffield lad has been working hard to finish 2018 with a flourish. After 15 months teaming up with Foley, former coach to Tiger Woods and current guide to Justin Rose, Willett appears ready to win titles again. Willett hits his ball higher than ever with his revised technique, which will help at Sun City, and only four years ago he romped to a four-shot Nedbank triumph. He plays well at altitude – as underlined by his 2015 Crans-sur-Sierre success – and Nedbank form figures of 1-4-11 can be enhanced on Sunday.
Lee Westwood1.5pts Each-Way
Westwood was the King of Sun City in 2010 and 2011, winning back-to-back Nedbanks with a combined total of 32 under par. His first victory was by an eight-shot margin. He also won the 2000 Dimension Data Pro-Am at GPCC by five shots. Westwood finished sixth in the Nedbank last year to show he can still cut the mustard in Sun City, and three top-fives on the European Tour in the last four months have shown signs of life from the formerly prolific champion.