We've finally reached the end of the golfing year on the European Tour with the Joburg Open - part of the 2018 schedule - the last event to be played in 2017. Can the guys end the year on a high with this quintet of each-way selections...
Dan - Back Christian Bezuidenhout @ 200/1
Paul - Back Scott Vincent @ 90/1
Steve - Back Anthony Michael @ 300/1
Joe - Back Mikko Korhonen @ 125/1
Mike - Back Paul Peterson @ 28/1
*EW Terms: 1/5 Odds | 7 Places
Dan Geraghty: Back Christian Bezuidenhout @ 200/1
Christian Bezuidenhout has had a difficult year, largely spent trying to make a name for himself in Europe via the Challenge Tour. Despite his lowly Challenge Tour ranking (144th!), the youngster has finished the year on a huge high by qualifying for the European Tour via Q School. It's clear from results that he's a different player in South Africa, all six of Bezuidenhout's top 10's this year have come on home soil; he grew up learning the game in Delmas, not far from Johannesburg - the former South African amateur number one appeals at an industry best 200/1.
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Scott Vincent @ 80/1
Forgive the lack of variety but I'm giving last week's outsider pick another chance. 22nd place was a respectable enough return for Scott Vincent's first outing in Southern Africa for 10 months. In merely 50-odd professional starts, the 25-year-old Zimbabwean has contended on a consistent basis on three different tours. Players that can do that immediately upon turning pro are always worth persevering with, and this one looks under the market radar at 90/1 in ordinary company. Regarding suitability for the course, Vincent averages well over 300 yards off the tee so soaking wet conditions are in his favour.
Steve Rawlings: Back Anthony Michael @ 300/1
Having enjoyed his best ever season on the Sunshine Tour in the 2016/2017 season, Anthony Michael will be keen to finish this campaign off strongly and with just seven events remaining so where better to do that than on his home course? His latest form figures read 4-MC-11-3-43-35 and he looks a very fair price to contend again at a venue he knows intimately. Michael has been playing golf at Randpark all his life so he won't lack for support and he might just cause a huge shock at an industry-wide best price of 300/1.
Joe Dyer: Back Mikko Korhonen @ 125/1
I'm a big fan of Mikko Korhonen and I am happy to play this two-time runner-up on the 2017 season at what looks a chunky price this week. Blessed with a solid all-round game, it's his accuracy that will be a big benefit this week on a course that looks particularly tree-lined. The Finn enjoyed a pair of good tournaments in South Africa last season, finishing second at the Tshwane Open and seventh in the BMW SA Open. It's a concern that he hasn't played since Valderrama in October, but hopefully he arrives refreshed and ready to stick a win on the ledger after enjoying his best season yet on the European Tour.
Mike Norman: Back Paul Peterson @ 28/1
The guys above have thrown some very intelligent darts at big-price players this week so it's left to me to get one of the market leaders on side, and the man I like best is in-form Paul Peterson. The American's recent form figures read 8-2-7-2-22, which would have been good enough to pay out on an each-way bet three times in his last four starts. One of those second place finishes was at the Hong Kong Open a fortnight ago, which attracted a much higher quality field than what is in attendance this week, so if he can bring that form to the table in Joburg then I'm hopeful the 29-year-old can contend.
2018 Season P/L to date: -£15.00
- 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