Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player
Location: Sun City, South Africa
Course: Gary Player CC
Yardage: 7,831 yards
The European Tour returns to Gary Player CC in South Africa this week for the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player. It is a flat course with narrow fairways and small greens protected by bunkers. Strong iron play and course management are key to success at Gary Player CC. The tournament is a no-cut event with a limited field. Last year was the first time that this tournament featured a 72-player field, and prior to that it consisted of 30 golfers or fewer. For this reason, tournament history is limited, but will be considered along with recent form.
Key Stats to Winning at Gary Player CC
Greens in regulation
2016 - Alex Noren
2015 - Marc Leishman
2014 - Danny Willett
2013 - Thomas Bjorn
2012 - Martin Kaymer
Branden Grace $10,300 (16/1)
Grace has played excellent at this tournament the last two years. He was T3 last year and was T4 in 2015. I am always a fan of rostering South Africans on their home soil given the local knowledge and the fact they’re usually solid wind players. Branden finished T15 last time out at WGC-HSBC with a 69 on Sunday, so the form is there. He is ranked 87th in greens in regulation on tour, as well.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat $8,600 (33/1)
Aphibarnrat has been on a nice run the last few weeks. He hasn’t finished outside of T24 in his last five tournaments, with his best being T2 at Italian Open. Aphibarnrat knows Gary Player CC and has had some success -- he was T16 here in 2015 and finished T5 in 2014. He is great with his irons, ranking 31st in GIR on tour. He is also hitting over 61 percent of fairways. Look for the hot streak to continue.
Victor Dubuisson $8,100 (40/1)
Dubuisson has played well the last couple of years at Gary Player CC. He was T3 in 2016 and T4 in 2015. Victor is coming in on some good recent form, as well, after finishing strong last week. Dubuisson is hitting almost 71 percent of GIR and ranked 72nd in driving accuracy this year.
Nicolas Colsaerts $7,600 (33/1)
There’s great value here with Colsaerts. He has been on fire since Portugal Masters, and his last three finishes have been T25, T15 and T2 last week at Turkish Airlines Open. He was T37 at Gary Player CC last year, but was not in the form he is in now. He should finish high and outperform his price. He is ranked 18th in greens in regulation on tour.