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South African Open Golf Tips - 4 contenders to win in Sun City

  • The South African Open takes place between December 2-5
  • The tournament takes place at the Gary Player Country Club, Sun City, South Africa
  • Christiaan Bezuidenhout is the defending champion after victory in 2020
  • Five past champions are in the line-up
  • Our four contenders who could win
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Christiaan Bezuidenhout is the defending champion (Getty Images)
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Last week's Joburg Open was cut short due to the outbreak of the new Covid-19 variant and poor weather and the line-up for the South African Open has been affected as a result.

There is still a decent mix of current PGA and European Tour golfers who will tee off at the 2021 South African Golf Open at Sun City.

There are five past champions in the field, including last year's winner Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Brandon Stone, Hennie Otto, Richard Sterne and James Kingston. 

These are our four selections for the title this weekend.

Dean Burmester

Dean Burmester made the cut at last week's Joburg Open, but was below the best he has shown this year and will want to put in a better performance this weekend.

Before that result, the South African had two starts on the Sunshine Tour this year, placing runner-up at the Kit Kat Group Pro-Am and recently winning the PGA Championship in November.

Burmester's results on the European Tour have been excellent. He won the Tenerife Open, placed T8 at the Kenya Open, T4 at the Canary Islands Championship, T6 at the British Masters, 6th at the D+D Real Czech Masters, T7 at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and finished T6 at the year-end DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Garrick Higgo

Garrick Higgo had a successful first half of the year. He won the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open in April, the Canary Islands Championship in May and claimed his first PGA Tour title at the Palmetto Championships in June.

Higgo also finished T4 at the Austrian Golf Open, T8 at the Tenerife Open, T16 at the Magical Kenya Open and T19 at the Qatar Masters.

Since his first PGA victory, Higgo has struggled with his form, missing a few cuts and not having any top-30 finishes or higher in his next 10 starts.

However, he did show some return to form when he placed T21 at the DP World Tour Championship in November, which should give him the confidence to challenge this weekend. 

Shaun Norris

Shaun Norris was in a handy T3 position at the Joburg Open last weekend before the curtailment of the tournament.

Norris' performances on the Japan Golf Tour have been his best to date. He won the Golf Partner and the recent Japan Open in October. He also placed T5 at the Fujisankei Classic, T8 at the Panasonic Open, 5th at the Bridgestone Open, and he has had six top-20 finishes this year.

Norris made four appearances on the European Tour this season, where he finished T14 at the Qatar Masters and T5 at the BMW International Open.

Justin Harding

Justin Harding has produced excellent results this year and offers value at the South African Open.

Harding won the Magical Kenya Open in March, placed T5 at the BMW International Open, finished runner-up at the Wales Open, T7 at the ISPS Handa World Invitational and T9 at the Dutch Open in September.

The South African has also had five top-20 finishes this year.

While Harding has been a bit off his best since the Dutch Open, he should be suited by the test at Sun City this weekend. 


Burmester, Higgo and Norris all have a chance to win their first South African Open in Sun City this weekend and are backable each-way bets.

Harding offers good value this weekend and is the long shot.

Best Bet: Dean Burmester Each-Way $11.00 at bet365 Australia - 2 Units
Value Bet: Garrick Higgo Each-Way $13.00 at Unibet Australia - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Shaun Norris Each-Way $19.00 at Unibet Australia - 1 Unit
Long Shot: Justin Harding Each-Way $23.00 at Ladbrokes Australia - 1 Unit

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