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European Tour’s Nedbank Golf Challenge – Handicapping Preview and Betting Tips

by Earl Campbell | November 12, 2019 |

Last week, we came out with some strong recommendations of Tyrrell Hatton for 3 units at 16/1 and wouldn’t you know it, we cashed another winner!  We have absolutely crushed golf betting this year with 2019 being out most successful year while betting on golf. 

Hatton was one of six golfers that played in a playoff last week and the most ironic part is our system projected 12 of the top 15 players for the Turkish Airlines Open.  Let’s continue the success this week with the Nedbank Golf Challenge.  

This is another one of those small field tournaments.  There are 63 golfers slated to participate in the tournament, which will get started on Thursday, November 14, 2019.  Keep in mind, that this tournament is being played in Africa, which is 7 hours difference from the Eastern Time Zone, so make sure you enter your wager’s early!

This tournament was formerly known as the Million Dollar Challenge, which is what it was called from the first year in 1981 through 1999.  In the year 2000, the tournament was renamed the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

This is a tournament where previous course history plays a major role in determining the winner.  Last year, Lee Westwood got the win, which happened to be his 3rd win in this tournament. 

Sergio Garcia, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Nick Price, David Frost, Bernard Langer and Seve Ballesteros are all multi time winners of this tournament.  

A complete list of past winners are as follows:

  • 2018 – Lee Westwood (ENG)
  • 2017 – Branden Grace (RSA)
  • 2016 – Alex Noren (SWE)
  • 2015 – Mark Leishman (AUS)
  • 2014 – Danny Willett (ENG)
  • 2013 – Thomas Bjorn (DEN)
  • 2012 – Martin Kaymer (GER)
  • 2011 – Lee Westwood (ENG)
  • 2010 – Lee Westwood (ENG)
  • 2009 – Robert Allenby (AUS)
  • 2008 – Henrik Stenson (SWE)
  • 2007 – Trevor Immelman (RSA)
  • 2006 – Jim Furyk (USA)
  • 2005 – Jim Furyk (USA)
  • 2004 – Retief Goosen (RSA)
  • 2003 – Sergio Garcia (ESP)
  • 2002 – Ernie Els (RSA)
  • 2001 – Sergio Garcia (ESP)
  • 2000 – Ernie Els (RSA)
  • 1999 – Ernie Els (RSA)
  • 1998 – Nick Price (ZIM)
  • 1997 – Nick Price (ZIM)
  • 1996 – Colin Montgomerie (SCO)
  • 1995 – Corey Pavin (USA)
  • 1994 – Nick Faldo (ENG)
  • 1993 – Nick Price (ZIM)
  • 1992 – David Frost (RSA)
  • 1991 – Bernhard Langer (GER)
  • 1990 – David Frost (RSA)
  • 1989 – David Frost (RSA)
  • 1988 – Fulton Allem (RSA)  
  • 1987 – Ian Woosnam (WAL)
  • 1986 – Mark McNulty (ZIM)
  • 1985 – Bernhard Langer (GER)
  • 1984 – Seve Ballesteros (ESP)
  • 1983 – Seve Ballesteros (ESP)
  • 1982 – Raymond Floyd (USA)
  • 1981 – Johnny Miller (USA)

Gary Player Country Club Golf Course Details

The Nedbank Golf Challenge is played each year at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, North West Province, South Africa. The course was designed by Gary Player and meant to be a parkland course that was set in an extinct volcanic crater.  

The course itself is rather long, measuring 7,900 yards.  It is one of the longest courses in the world! The course plays as a Par 72 but one thing we have to remember is that this course is played at 3700 meters above sea level, which means the ball will fly farther and will go faster than at normal levels.  

The greens here at the Gary Player Country Club are small. They are hard to hit and made up of bentgrass, normally running at around an 11 on the stimpmeter.  

The fairways are not bentgrass, they are kikuyu. Those fairways are very narrow and can be tough to hit.  Golfers must be careful and accuracy is a must because if they veer off the fairways, they will find themselves in some really bad positions.  

The rough is nasty and is meant to be penalizing.  There are plenty of bunkers to cause golfers issues on this course.  

Nedbank Golf Challenge System Attributes

Even though they are getting some help from altitude, have some driving distance here on a near 8k yard course won’t hurt.  Additionally, you are going to want golfers that have decent Greens in Reg numbers and those that are decent on Par 5 Scoring.  

  • Driving Distance
  • Greens in Reg
  • Par 5 Scoring
  • Scrambling
  • Total Driving
  • Strokes Gained: Putting

Nedbank Golf Challenge Golfers

Matt Wallace at 25/1 – Wallace hasn’t exactly played great golf the past 2 weeks however this is an ideal course for him.  He is an all-around good golfer that has very strong driving distance and very good putting, both of which we are looking for this week.  Add in the fact that he has very good Greens in Reg numbers and this makes him our top golfer this week.  

Kurt Kitayama at 28/1 – We watched Kitayama finish 2nd last week at the Turkish Airlines Open and had he won, that would have been his 4th win in 21 months.  When he gets on courses where he can just blast the ball, he really does well. Well guess what, as we said earlier this course is the longest course on the European Tour and his distance, which he ranks 4th on tour, is going to be a tremendous advantage to him.  

Paul Waring at 33/1 – I’ve been playing Waring each week and I’m not jumping off him this week just because he finished in 16th place last week at the Turkish Airlines Open.  This guy is a really good golfer and I’m telling you, he is going to record a win over the next few weeks. His putting has been the only thing keeping this guy from winning and if he gets that down to a reasonable number, the wins will come. 

George Coetzee at 55/1 – Coetzee has the driving distance to make this one interesting. He is coming off a 66th place finish last week at the Turkish Airlines Open but the reality is that type of course is night and day different than what we will see this week. He is 12th on the European Tour in Driving Distance and with this course being the longest course on tour, that gives him a major edge.  I really like him this week at these odds.    

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