The 2019 edition of the Nedbank Golf Challenge gets underway at the Gary Player Course in South Africa. The Sun City event began in 1981 and it has since become one of the flagship events on the European Tour. With winning alumni including Lee Westwood, Ernie Els and Sergio Garcia, it is established as one of the key events in the world calendar and with over $7 million to play for, it promises to be another unforgettable event in 2019.
Betxchange Best Bets:
The field is strong at the Nedbank this year as part of the European Tour finale and there are plenty of big names in contention:
Louis Oosthuizen: 8.00
Home favourite Louis Oosthuizen is a consistent performer on both the European and PGA Tours and he looks set to go well here.
Tommy Fleetwood: 15.00
Englishman Tommy Fleetwood needs a big win to push to the top of the season ending rankings and he will fancy his chances this week.
Matthew Fitzpatrick: 16.00
Matthew Fitzpatrick has enjoyed a stellar year on the European Tour and he will he desperate to pick up the big cheque on offer here at the Nedbank as he looks to climb the money list.
Erik van Rooyen: 18.00
After being edged out in a play-off at the Turkish Airlines Open last time out, Erik van Rooyen will he keen to go one better this week in front of an expectant home crowd.
Thomas Pieters: 35.00
Belgian Thomas Pieters shout a superb final round at the Turkish Airlines Open last time our to finish in the top 20 and he could be one of the form contenders here at the Nedbank.
1st Round Leader:
With so much to play for at the Nedbank, getting a fast start will be essential.
Here are our picks to get off to a flyer this week:
Robert Macintyre: 25.00
Emerging Scot Robert Macintyre can seemingly do no wrong on the European Tour at the moment. With another top 10 finish in Turkey last time out, he comes into this one full of confidence.
Haotong Li: 25.00
Chinese superstar Haotong Li has enjoyed a really solid season on the European Tour and his first two rounds at the WGC HSBC in Shanghai last month are testament to his playing abilities at this level.
Kurt Kitayama: 25.00
American Kurt Kitayama was another man locked in a play-off in Turkey last week. Although he came up short, he will take a lot of confidence from his performance and he should go well here.
Top 10 Finish:
With the Nedbank Gold Challenge now an essential part of the European Tour calendar, the rewards for finishing in the top 10 are huge.
Here are our picks to finish in the top 10 come Sunday:
Matt Wallace: 2.20
Consistent Englishman Matt Wallace has had a superb season once more on the European Tour and he will he hoping to finish the campaign with a flourish
Bernd Wiesberger: 2.20
Austrian Bernd Wiesberger is very much in contention to finish as Europe’s top ranked player this season following his hot streak in the summer and a top 10 finish here would give his chances a real boost.
George Coetzee: 4.00
South African George Coetzee has been in great form in recent weeks on the European Tour and his course knowledge could help him greatly this week.
Outright Winner: Louis Oosthuizen: 8.00
1st Round Leader: Robert Macintyre: 25.00
Top 10 Finish: George Coetzee: 4.00