Joburg Open Tips: Four to back on day one's three-balls in South Africa

JBe Kruger is a much improved player in his homeland

Dan Geraghty picks four to follow from Thursday at the Joburg Open...

"The phrase 'horses for courses' springs to mind with Kruger who has some excellent rounds at the Joburg Open to his name. The South African looks the call here."

Back Jbe Kruger @ 2.915/8 

Danny Willett finds himself playing with the favourite, Charl Schwartzel, and defending champion, Richard Sterne, in the first three rounds of the tournament. However, the Englishman is more than capable of holding his own in such company. Willett has caught the eye in recent weeks, having finished in the top 20 in two of his last three starts, and he has a good scoring average at the Joburg Open after finished fourth in both 2009 and 2010.

Emiliano Grillo put in a fine performance to finish second last week in Dubai, however, whether he should be favourite for a three-ball at a tournament where he has nothing but two missed cuts to his name is debatable. Jbe Kruger missed all three cuts on his Desert Swing this year, but prior to that run he was in fine form in South Africa and the phrase 'horses for courses' springs to mind. Kruger has some excellent rounds at the Joburg Open to his name and the South African looks the call here. David Horsey makes up the trio, the Englishman is still searching for his form of a couple of years ago.

Alvaro Quiros makes a rare appearance in South Africa this week. It's surprising he hasn't played more tournaments there considering he won his very first event in the country, indeed his first event as European Tour card-holder, the 2007 Alfred Dunhill Championship. Quiros has been widely tipped in recent weeks and despite not being in contention during the Desert Swing, the Spaniard made all three cuts. It may be wise to persevere with him for a little while yet. Ross Fisher and Hennie Otto make up a competitive looking three-ball, but outsider Quiros has every chance.

Gregory Bourdy looks opposable in his three-ball with two South Africans that have good course form in the shape of Garth Mulroy and James Kingston. Mulroy has struggled in recent weeks, missing all three cuts on the Desert Swing (three cuts he made last year), so outsider Kingston looks the play. Kingston made his first start of 2013 in this tournament and finished 16th, expect a similar result this time around. 


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Back Danny Willett @ 4.03/1 
Back Jbe Kruger @ 2.915/8 
Back Alvaro Quiros @ 3.39/4 
Back James Kingston @ 3.613/5 

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