Oosthuizen was has been on an incredible run since the back end of 2011 and continued that run at the Africa Open two weeks ago to win the tournament.
However he is coming up against a stronger field on the Links at Fancourt this week, where there are eight former Major winners competing for the title, and at 5/1 I’d give him a swerve.
Charl Schwartzel is at 6/1 after missing the cut at the Joburg Open. As good a player as he is, last week’s performance could be a sign of a hectic 2011 schedule catching up with him so I’d also avoid him this week.
Robert Karlsson is at 14/1, while Simon Dyson and Thomas Aiken are at 16/1. I’ve backed Aiken each-way at the last two events and he hasn’t quite got himself into the top five but has shown promising form. I’m tempted to stick with him this week. He hasn’t shown a return yet in 2012, but he certainly has the game to deliver on the Links at Fancourt.
I’m backing Robert Rock to build on his good performance in the Joburg Open last week. At 25/1 the Englishman is a good each-way shout and has shown good form with top ten finishes in his last two events.
Last week’s Joburg Open winner Branden Grace is also at 25/1. But for a opening round 77 in the Africa Open two weeks ago he would have been challenging Oosthuizen for the trophy. Despite the bad start, he still managed to fight back and finish in 14th. He is clearly on a hot streak of form right now and is an obvious each-way pick this week.
There are a couple of young guns at 40/1 in Matteo Manassero and Tom Lewis. Both have the potential to do well this week but there is a lot of experience in this field at the same price in Thomas Bjorn and Paul Lawrie.
Lawrie had an excellent finish to his 2011 season with a second place finish in the Dubai World Championship. He is one to look out for this week.
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