Steyn City Championship 2022 Preview

By Greg Stewart

The Course: THE CLUB at Steyn City, Johannesburg – 7716-yard Jack Nicklaus designed course with 75 bunkers with most holes elevated.

Dates: 17- 20 March 2022

Tour: DP World Tour Championship & Sunshine Tour with 2000 Race to Dubai points on offer – winner allocation - 335 points

Prize Money: $1.5 million – winner’s purse $250 000

Field: 156 players including 30 of the top 100 DPWT players and 4 of the top 10

The inaugural Steyn City Championship, makes its debut on the Sunshine Tour and DP World Tour this week at a golf club that has been described as the African answer to Augusta.With Big wide open fairways inviting long drives and 75 bunkers and lots of water in play to keep the over ambitious in check, it should provide a grand spectacle for golf fans.

The Form Players

Ashun Wu arrives off an impressive win at the Magical Kenya Open in early March where he finished with a four-stroke lead and lead the Strokes gained and average round scores byan impressive margin. He has won 4 DP world tour events and also bagged a 23rd spot at Pecanwood last weekend. At 5:1 for a top 10 finish on SunBet, he is a great value bet for Golf betting fans.

Pablo Larrazabal shot a 22 under par to secure a play-off finish and subsequent win at the My Life Open last weekend, and was also the best in the field in Strokes gained. Pablo is in good form with a T3 position attained at the Ras al Khaimah Classic in February. The likeable Spaniard is at 5.50:1 for a top 5 finish and at 17:1 for a win on SunBet.

George Coetzee who finished 4th last weekend, only one stroke off the leaders, showed he is in top form, finishing on Sunday with a 64. His ability to pound out long drives and putt with acclaim, make him a great pick for the weekend. George is at 5.50:1 for a top 5 finish and at 17:1 for a win on SunBet. He is also my top pick for leader after round 1 at 34:1 on SunBet.

Oliver Bekker achieved back-to-back top-10 finishes with a ninth-place in Ras al Khaimah, then a final-round 63 for eighth place in the Magical Kenya Open. Four rounds in the 60s last weekend at the My Life Open gave Bekker an 11th place finish. The 37-year-old has some useful course form, having finished ninth in the Steyn City Team Championship pairs event in 2018. He is at at 5.50:1 for a top 5 finish and at 17:1 for a win on SunBet.

Others to watch:

  • Thirston Lawrence - at 13:1 for a top 5 finish and at 51:1 for a win on SunBet.
  • Shubhankar Sharma - at 8.50:1 for a top 5 finish and at 34:1 for a win on SunBet.
  • Dean Burmester - at 4.50:1 for a top 5 finish and at 15:1 for a win on SunBet.