Brendan James – Golf Australia Editor

No science involved in this tip, just the laws of probability. It has been three years since a South African player won on home soil at Leopard Creek. Weight of numbers this week suggests that streak will be broken by a local and the highest ranked among them is CHRISTIAAN BEZUIDENHOUT, who has had a breakout year on the PGA Tour, played well at the Masters a fortnight ago and has the ability to blow this field away.

Sportsbet odds: $17.

JIMMY EMANUEL – Golf Australia Deputy Editor

I was tempted to go with BRANDON STONE last week in Joburg, but I feel even more confident this week where he is a previous winner of this event.

The South African was T4 last week after a relatively slow start and I think the combination of decent form and comfort with the spectacular Leopard Creek layout will see Stone get back to his winning ways and setup a strong 2021 campaign where he perhaps returns to the top-100 on the world rankings early in the year.

Sportsbet odds: $13.

Michael Jones – Golf Australia writer

Two-time European Tour winner EDDIE PEPPERELL has found form after missing the cut at the US Open in September, registering three straight top-20s.

He hasn’t played this event since 2016 (when he missed the cut with a pair of 74s) but he shared eighth place in 2015 – and I can see him doing something similar this week with his exceptional putting.

Sportsbet odds: $21.

Rod Morri – Golf Australia magazine contributor and The Thing About Golf podcast host

A strong finish in Johannesburg last week coupled with being a previous winner at Leopard Creek (2016) makes BRANDON STONE a good bet this week.

The three time European Tour winner is dangerous when confident and a third round 64 last week — backed up by a respectable 69 Sunday — suggests his game is in a good place. This is a stronger field than last week but that will only sharpen the focus for the 27-year-old who has all the tools to be a world top 50 player.

Sportsbet odds: $13.


So far our so-called experts have combined to tip 17 winners in 2020, with 95 of their picks recording top-10 finishes that week and a best return of $29 for Adam Scott to win the Genesis Invitational (tipped by Brendan James and Jimmy Emanuel).