Nedbank Golf Challenge 2015: Each-way selections for the Sun City spectacle

Lee Westwood, two-time winner of the Nedbank, needs to climb back into the world's top 50
Lee Westwood, two-time winner of the Nedbank, needs to climb back into the world's top 50

It's the final event of 2015 and a small but select field has gathered at Sun City aiming to break the Nedbank. After more than 25 returns on our money in the calendar year can the BB team nail one last winner?


Paul Krishnamurty: Back Thongchai Jaidee @ 33/1

"Since winning the European Open in September, he's finished third at Woburn, 11th in the elite WGC event at Sheshan, and he went well for the first three rounds last time in the Race to Dubai finale."

*Each-way terms: 1/4 odds, 4 places


Dan Geraghty: Back Steven Bowditch @ 100/1

Steven Bowditch gets the nod from me this week, I think the market has underestimated the big Australian on his Nedbank debut. Bowditch is coming off the back of his best PGA Tour season to date, having gained his second victory and finished 20th in the FedEx Cup standings; he's among the very biggest hitters in the field and that will hold him in good stead on Gary Player's mammoth course. The enigmatic, likeable Aussie deserves more respect than quotes of 100/1 in this week's 30 man field.


Paul Krishnamurty: Back Thongchai Jaidee @ 33/1

Given the importance, proven over decades, of previous course form, Thongchai Jaidee looks obvious each-way value. His two attempts to date at Sun City yielded ninth and seventh placed finishes, so it won't require a vast leap of improvement to earn a payout. Nearly all Jaidee's recent form points towards a good week. Since winning the European Open in September, he's finished third at Woburn, 11th in the elite WGC event at Sheshan, and he went well for the first three rounds last time in the Race to Dubai finale. During that run of seven events, he's hit an outstanding 74% of greens in regulation.


Joe Dyer: Back Jaco van Zyl @ 50/1

Jaco van Zyl is back home and enjoying himself after his best ever European Tour season, and the veteran South African might offer a squeak of value in the last event of the year at 50/1. This son of Pretoria is back among the rags in the betting but looks to have a better chance than most thanks to good current form and knowledge of the course. Much of the field arrive in the South Africa thanks to the generosity of sponsors Nedbank who will pay big bucks to every single player in the 30 man tournament - even the man finishing bottom of the leaderboard will pick up €50,000. Many have never played the Gary Player-designed course and some will not be used to South African conditions. That is not true of Van Zyl who won at the course on the Sunshine Tour in 2010. My selection was a fast-finishing eighth last week and twice finished runner-up on the European Tour last season, including at November's high-class Turkish Airlines Open. He could well be better motivated than many of the field, too, given the tournament's location and that could jsut give him the edge over many of these.


Steve Rawlings: Back Ross Fisher @ 25/1

Course experience and long, straight driving are the most important prerequisites for success at Sun City and Ross Fisher has all the right credentials. The Englishman is a tremendous driver of the ball and he always enjoys playing in South Africa. His latest European Tour success was at the Tshwane Open last year and in three Nedbanks to date, he's never finished outside the top-five. Having finished third on debut in 2009 and fifth in 2010, he ran into a red-hot Danny Willet last year when runner-up. A recent third placed finish at the WGC-HSBC Championship suggests he can at least place again and who's to say he can't go one better than he did last year.


Mike Norman: Back Lee Westwood @ 33/1

Lee Westwood's disappointing T51 and T42 finishes in the last two events of the Race to Dubai series could be extremely significant, as they sent the Englishman outside of the top 50 in the world rankings for the first time since 2007 (he's now ranked 55), meaning he's no longer guaranteed a starting place in some of the game's biggest events. So what better time than now to kick-start a revival. Lots of world ranking points on offer, a venue he's won twice at previously, a limited field where a lot of players can be discounted because of their lack of course experience; there's a lot going for the Worksop Wonder this week. True, he doesn't tick the 'recent form' box but top 20 finishes at the British Masters and Turkish Airlines Open weren't too bad, and in a tournament that he holds some very fond memories I believe he's more than a fair price at double carpet to give us a run for our money.


2016 Season P/L (£5 e/w per selection)

2016 Season P/L to date: - £31.67

- Alfred Dunhill Championship, Joost Luiten @ 40/1 - PLACE (Joe)

* Total P/L for 2015 Season: +£958.37
* Total P/L for 2014 Season: +£251.75

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