BMW SA Open 2018: Each-way selections for the first European Tour event of the year

Ernie Els hosts this week's tournament but who are our team backing?
Ernie Els hosts this week's tournament but who are our team backing?
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Dave Tindall joins the each-way tipping team for 2018 as our quintet head to South Africa for the second oldest Open in the sport, tenners in hand, to back the following five...

Dave Tindall: Back Jason Scrivener @ 45/1

Steve Rawlings: Back JBe Kruger @ 150/1

Joe Dyer: Back Mikko Korhonen @ 70/1

Paul Krishnamurty: Back Haydn Porteous @ 40/1

Mike Norman: Back Dean Burmester @ 25/1

*EW Terms: 1/5 Odds | 6 Places

Dave Tindall: Back Jason Scrivener @ 45/1

He's an Aussie so it wasn't a surprise to see him show up well on home soil in the final two months of 2017 with a win at the New South Wales Open followed by T19 in the Australian Open and T15 in the Australian PGA Championship. But Scrivener is also a South African-born Aussie so has an extra spring in his step when returning to his birthplace. That's been the case at Glendower GC where he posted T11 in 2015 and T12 in 2016, his only two starts at the course. In addition, Scrivener finished second in the greens in regulation stats when T27 at Valderrama so it looks like tree-lined tracks suit his eye.

Paul Krishnamurty: Back Haydn Porteous @ 40/1

With two European Tour victories by the age of 23, Haydn Porteous is one of the most promising young South Africans which, by historic standards, means he'll eventually impact the highest level. He certainly warrants close consideration in any of these co-sanctioned affairs in his homeland - especially given a very ordinary European challenge. Porteous hasn't produced at Glendower in the last two renewals but was third in a Sunshine Tour event here and ticks a couple of important boxes regarding the course. Par-five performance, for which he ranked ninth among these throughout 2017 on the European Tour is the key to scoring here. Fourth in total driving also reads very well, even if largely due to his power. If Porteous can keep his drives in play this week, he'll be a front-line contender.

Steve Rawlings: Back JBe Kruger @ 150/1

Jbe Kruger has form figures for the last four BMW SA Opens at Glendower reading 2-61-45-21 but those numbers don't tell half the story. He traded at odds-on to win the event in November 2013 before finishing second and he's been inside the top-three places after round one in each of the four editions. He actually led the event after round one when he finished 61st but a second round 80 derailed his chances completely. It's patently obvious that the course suits him nicely, he's a three-time Sunshine Tour winner and a European Tour winner (the Avantha Masters in 2012), so at an industry-best price of 150/1, I thought he was worth chancing.

Joe Dyer: Back Mikko Korhonen @ 70/1

I rounded out 2017 with an each-way bet on Mikko Korhonen and I'm starting the year in exactly the same way. The Finn is a confirmed lover of South African golf and got me all excited when opening 66-65 to sit third at the halfway point of that event, the Joburg Open. Heavy rain got in the way of things there and he faded to a disappointing 13th in the end but his record in the country is impressive - his last three tournaments in SA read 13-2-7 - and he has a decent chance this week in a field featuring a host of genuine South African stars but perhaps not much European depth. That he is a selection for Betting.Betfair golf don, Steve Rawlings, only helps matters further.

Mike Norman: Back Dean Burmester @ 25/1

The obvious starting point for an early-season event held in South Africa is to side with a player from that nation, and with both Branden Grace and Charl Schwartzel in the field we're being offered some bigger prices than perhaps expected about some top quality local players. Dean Burmester is my first selection of 2018 at an industry-joint best 25/1. The fast-improving 28-year-old is now firmly established on the European Tour thanks largely to some excellent performances last year including a win (Tshwane Open) and a top-10 finish at the high class BMW PGA Championship. Burmester is a real birdie-machine when on top form, so in what is always a low-scoring event, and on a course where he has finished 10th and fourth in the last two years, I fully expect him to go well this week.

2018 Season P/L to date: -£65.00

- UBS Hong Kong Open, Paul Peterson @ 80/1 - PLACE (Paul)

* Total P/L for 2017 Season: -£336.17
* Total P/L for 2016 Season: +£267.58
* Total P/L for 2015 Season: +£958.37
* Total P/L for 2014 Season: +£251.75

£5 E/W Per Bet

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