Golf: Magical Kenya Open
Venue: Muthaiga Golf Club, Nairobi, Kenya.
Dates: Thursday 3rd – Sunday 6th March 2022
The European Tour merges with the African Tour in Nairobi for the Magical Kenya Open. Having been on the calendar since 1967, the event has a rich history within the worldwide golfing sphere. With a hefty 1.75 million euros in the prize pot, there is plenty to play for at the Muthaiga Golf Club this week, especially with the Puerto Rico Open and the Players Championship taking place at the same time, this looks to be quite an open field. Previous winners of the event include Trevor Immelman and Edoardo Molinari, testament to the prestige in which the event is held.
Plenty of the biggest names on the European Tour are present in Nairobi meaning it should be a hotly contested week of golf:-
South African Justin Harding has already won this year on the European Tour, and he will start as the justified favourite in an open field here in Kenya.
Spaniard Adri Arnaus is starting to put the consistent performances needed in on the European Tour and he looks to be one of the men to beat here in Kenya.
With two top 10 finishes in his last 3 starts, Polish player Adrian Meronk could be well positioned for a good run here in Kenya.
Belgian Thomas Detry has started picking up the wins his undoubted talents merit and he looks to be in good shape here in Nairobi.
Dutchman Joost Luiten is a man searching for form on the European Tour, but he has an excellent game that could go well here in Kenya, and he has plenty of experience at this level.
1st Round Leader
Producing the goods over 72 holes is often the most difficult thing for any golfer to do therefore here are our first round leader picks:-
South African Dean Burmester is a serial winner on the Sunshine Tour, and he has transitioned nicely into life on the European Tour this season.
Dane Joachim B Hansen picked up a superb win on the European Tour in Dubai last November and he certainly has the game to mix it from the off here in Nairobi.
Top Ten Finish
With so many quality players assembled here in Kenya, getting into the winning enclosure could be tough but there are plenty of candidates to finish in the top 10 come Sunday:-
Scotland’s Scott Jamieson is a solid performer on the European Tour, and he can always mix it with the big boys in every field he plays in.
Spaniard Adrian Otaegui continues to perform on the European Tour, and few would bet against him being in amongst the top of the leader board come Sunday afternoon.
Italian Guido Migliozzi is a previous winner at this event and whilst his recent form on the European Tour hasn’t been anything to shout about, he could find form in familiar climes in Kenya this week.
Magical Kenya Open betxchange.com Best Bets:
Outright Winner: Justin Harding – 16/1
1st Round Leader: Joachim B Hansen – 45/1
Top Ten Finish: Scott Jamieson – 7/2