SDC Championship preview and tips: Home-grown talent set to excel in South Africa

As the DP World Tour moves to South Africa, Tipstrr golf expert Martin Colwell believes that local knowledge could play a major role in landing the SDC Championship title.

This week we head to the Eastern Cape in South Africa, where St Frances Links will host an event on the main DP World Tour for the first time. 

However, the par-72 7,192 course has been used regularly on the Sunshine and Challenge tours, and as a links course the wind is likely to be a factor, especially on Thursday.

Heading the market this week is Jordan Smith, but the Englishman is rated much more highly by the bookmakers than by myself. A good golfer, of course, but Smith does not win much, even in weakened fields.

I do favour South African golfers on their homeland courses, and George Coetzee catches the eye after winning on this course before.

Admittedly, he does blow hot and cold but is easily capable of winning this tournament on his best form, and the 28/1 available looks fair as an each way proposition.

Higher up the market, Antoine Rozner at 22/1 was not at his best last week, missing the cut, and although he likes a tough test he appears too short in the betting considering that form.

Around the same price is Jayden Trey Schaper, who remains well supported in the betting despite letting his supporters down last week when in contention with a very average final round. However, the South African has decent form on this course and will be very popular.

Another South African who could go well, is the big hitting but inconsistent Wilco Nienaber, who looks handy as an each-way punt at 50/1 on home turf.

Of the non-homegrown golfers I was drawn to, the two Scots Callum Hill and Ewen Ferguson might be worth a second look.

Hill played decently last week in Kenya and is known to be able to cope with windy conditions.

Ferguson is another golfer who plays well in the wind and is a two-time tour winner in the past twelve months.

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