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This week the DP World Tour is staying put for the Investec South African Open Championship.

The second of three consecutive events in the country, it is one of the oldest golf competitions still in existence, having first been played in 1903.

It is one of the principal events on the Sunshine Tour, and since 1997 has been co-sanctioned by the European circuit.

Last year’s edition was sole-sanctioned by the South African-based tour because of Covid-19 restrictions, but with the easing of rules the DP World Tour has returned this year.

The SA Open has been a happy hunting ground for the home country, with five of the last seven editions won by South Africans. Daniel van Tonder is the defending champion, having pipped compatriot Oliver Bekker by a single shot in 2021.

Keep reading to find out what you can expect from the week ahead…

Investec South African Open Championship details

Course: Blair Atholl Estate, Johannesburg

Course stats: 8,233 yards, par 72

Defending champion: Daniel van Tonder

Purse: $1,500,000

Investec South African Open Championship betting tips

Here’s how the favourites stack up at the moment…

Branden Grace 14/1

Dean Burmester 14/1

Thriston Lawrence 18/1

George Coetzee 22/1

Charl Schwartzel 25/1

Adrian Otaegui 30/1

Hennie du Plessis 30/1

Sami Valimaki 33/1

Wilco Nienaber 33/1

Dylan Frittelli 35/1

The bunkered Bet

Thriston Lawrence (18/1): Fresh from being named the DP World Tour’s rookie of the year, Lawrence has been in fine form for a while. With home advantage such a big player, expect him to do well this week.

Investec South African Open Championship: How to watch on TV

Sky Sports has the rights to show the event in the UK, with coverage beginning on Sky Sports Golf at 10am (Thursday and Friday) and 9.30am (Saturday and Sunday).

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