Tshwane Open makes debut this week
BY Bruce Young | European PGA Tour | 2013 Tshwane Open | Preview | 27 Feb 2013
South Africa has already played host to five events on the 2013 European Tour schedule and this week there is one more when the Tshwane Open is played at the Copperleaf Golf and Country Estate in Centurion.
South Africans dominate the favouritism with Jaco Van Zyl the favourite with most bookies ahead of Garth Mulroy and Thomas Aiken.
Van Zyl recently won the Dimensions Data Pro Am event in his homeland and a week earlier finished runner-up at the Africa Open so his current form is first class and he should be hard to beat again.
Mulroy has made the cut in each of his last fourteen starts and has finished inside the top ten at the Joburg and Africa Opens. His consistency should aid his cause in his quest for his first victory in eighteen months or so.
Aiken is a player who regularly plays well on home soil, many of his victories coming on the domestic circuit in his homeland. he has not played particularly well in recent weeks but at his bets he could handle this field.
Darren Fichardt won the recent Africa Open and finished 7th at the Dimensions Data Pro Am last week. The four time European Tour winner could well add another this week.
Michael Campbell has shown a lot of improvement in recent times and this appears to be a good opportunity for him to continue that form. The field he faces this week is not quite as strong as some he has competed against of late and with top twenties in two of the three events in the Middle East his chances look good for a very good week.
Daniel Gaunt and Scott Arnold are the two Australians in the field.
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