Jonsson Workwear Open Each-Way Tips: Green can hit the heights at 50/1

Golfer Gavin Green
Gavin Green has enjoyed playing golf at altitude in recent times.

The DP World Tour closes its fortnight in South Africa with the Jonsson Workwear Open at Glendower. Thriston Lawrence heads the betting but Matt Cooper looks elsewhere for his three selections with the Betfair Sportsbook paying seven places...

  • Malaysia's Gavin Green is a neat fit

  • Andy Sullivan has good course memories

  • Adri Arnaus can go well at a big price


  • Frustrating times for the column last week as the main pick Daniel Brown made a flying start - indeed he was three shots clear after 36 holes - before spluttering through the weekend and eventually sharing fourth place with five others.

    Frustrating, too, if you wanted to watch the action because for a second year running the event wasn't broadcast live on Sky Sports.

    It all made for something of a reminder of the good old days of being a sports fan, a nostalgic experience I always relish in a contrary and self-denying fashion.

    There will be some who think I an idiot to wish the clock turned back, even for a handful of days, but many of my most treasured memories of sport have absolutely nothing to do with the visuals.

    Ah yes, the curious joy of "watching" sport on Ceefax, of snatching a few seconds of Test Match Special in the middle of class, or even the simplest pleasure of all: word of mouth.

    One family camping trip to France, with what I liked to imagine was the cunning of a Cold War spy, I trailed an elderly English reader of the Daily Telegraph, waited for him to discard it, and then surreptitiously rescued the back pages for the latest test match and Open Championship intelligence (yes, I was a child with a very vivid imagination).

    By a curious coincidence, last Sunday morning's unseasonal sunshine found me drinking coffee at a pavement cafe, reading an account of the famous Wales-New Zealand rugby test of 1905, dubbed by some the Match of the Century.

    That All Black team had laid waste to British rugby throughout the tour and their arrival in Cardiff prompted such delirium that one enterprising fellow is said to have earned a small fortune charging one shilling and sixpence for telegrammed updates.

    A sailor, knowing he was on the high seas between the Faroe Islands and Portugal during the clash, asked to have the result sent on to Lisbon. For no other reason than to heighten his excitement, he requested the half-time score on arrival and the full-time result 24 hours later - a detail that delights my sense of the absurd.

    A servant working in Bristol asked to be informed of not only the scores but also "those promising moves that otherwise came to nothing", a description that I later concluded fitted Brown's weekend activities a little too aptly.

    Wonderful times and a reminder that it is not only professional golfers who can act a bit entitled in these dizzy times. Those of us watching are often guilty of being sofa prima donnas, too.

    The golf is back on TV this week, however (and Wales won, courtesy of what Kiwis continue to contend was a moment of quite exceptional skullduggery - it's worth looking up).


    Main Bet: Gavin Green 1pt each-way @ 50/1

    When golf is being played at altitude, which it is this week at Glendower Golf Club in Johannesburg on the high veldt, I like a player with form in thin air.

    Malaysia's Gavin Green finished T19th on his first outing in this part of the world, in the 2017 Joburg Open at Randpark GC, and he's added to his altitude log book since then.

    He's twice been T12th and also (last year) eighth at Crans in the European Masters, he's been seventh at Gary Player CC in the Nedbank Challenge, sixth at Steyn City 12 months ago, T12th at Eichenreid in last summer's BMW International Open and seventh again at Houghton GC in Johannesburg at the end of November.

    And while it's nowhere near as high, the Czech Masters at Albatross required a little fiddling of the yardages - and he's been third and second there.

    He was also T11th at Muthaiga two weeks ago in Nairobi and backed that up with T12th last week.

    Back Gavin Green each-way @ 50/151.00

    Bet here

    Next Best: Andy Sullivan 1pt each-way @ 50/1

    Off the back of last week's top five finish, I'm content to add previous course winner Andy Sullivan.

    Back in early 2015, he won the South African Open here at Glendower and within weeks had added further triumph in the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg.

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    He was a very fine player at that stage of his career, good enough to soon represent Europe in the Ryder Cup.

    His baseline has settled below that level since and he had his struggles last year but he's shown better form in recent months.

    He was T12th in Houghton GC last November and seventh at Leopard Creek two weeks later.

    He closed with a 67 in the Kenya Open at Muthaiga and then came last week's fourth.

    He's the type who could easily be quite chipper at the idea of returning to a spot that holds good memories, especially after his best week in a while.

    Back Andy Sullivan each-way @ 50/151.00

    Bet here

    Final Bet: Adri Arnaus 1pt each-way @ 100/1

    A third round 66 last week got Spain's Adri Arnaus back into an end-of-round top 10 position and, although he finished with a 74 for T20th, it might be a sign of life.

    If it is, he's a potential threat in thin air.

    He's finished second and eighth in the Kenya Open in Nairobi.

    He's been sixth and ninth at Crans in the European Masters.

    And he's been second and fourth at Club de Campo Villa Madrid in the Open de Espana.

    While on the high veldt, he has been second at Pecanwood. That is a wider track than this week's test but Arnaus is no fool among trees as a second place at Valderrama suggests.

    Back Adri Arnaus each-way @ 100/1101.00

    Bet here

    Now read Steve Rawlings on the Jonsson Workwear Open.


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