50/151.00 Andy Sullivan can go low early in R1 yet again
50/151.00 Scott Jamieson is a course horse here
80/181.00 Matteo Manassero was fifth in last week's SA Open
Weather forecast for Thursday
Early morning temperatures are touching 70 degrees and approach 90 in the afternoon although there could be a spot of rain at some point too.
Wind speeds are virtually negligible all day so there's no obvious weather bias or reason to favour one wave over the other.
Andy Sullivan did us a big favour at 66s in this market last week, shooting an opening 5-under 67 to finish round one in third spot.
That was the second straight event he'd ended the opening lap inside the top three and another 67 on day one in Qatar last month placed him seventh.
In short, Sullivan is a proven faster, last Thursday the latest reminder from a player who was first and second twice on the first-round leaderboard in the space of five events back in the spring.
It may be a while ago but Sullivan has also shown a liking for Leopard Creek. There were no fast starts during that run of three straight appearances here from 2012-2014 but he finished third on debut and 14th a year later.
A more manageable layout compared to last week's monster at Blair Atholl, there's good reason to believe Sullivan can pave the way for another good week by getting out of the blocks quickly yet again.
He opens his bid at 12.40pm.
Scott Jamieson is another regular in my FRL stable.
And given his superb course form at Leopard Creek, I'd be kicking myself if missing out on a fast start from him here.
Jamieson has two thirds and a fourth at this venue and his latest four visits have produced form of 11-6-3-4.
As for Thursday scores, in his last half-dozen starts in the event Jamieson has finished the first day in third place twice, eighth on two other occasions and inside the top 25 after 18 holes in all six.
The Scot entered this mini South African Swing on the back of four straight top 20s and he's shown some good flashes of form in finishing 37th in the Joburg Open and 31st in last week's South African Open.
So often a fast starter in South Africa, he's worth a play at 50s once more from his 11.30 start time.
The rejuvenated Matteo Manassero has played a fair bit of golf in South Africa over the last two seasons.
He's done well too, finishing in the top 15 in four of his eight starts, three of those top 10s.
That includes fifth in last week's South African Open where the Italian was second at halfway.
A Thursday 68 had put him sixth after day one and that builds upon a strong recent FRL record which shows Manassero in the top two after day one in three Challenge Tour events between July and September.
One halfway exit here in 2018 can't be viewed as a negative as it came during a run of 13 missed cuts in 16 starts.
He's in a completely different place now and is worth following at a tasty price.
Manassero is a morning starter at 06.20.