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Free Golf Betting Tips: 2014 Africa Open

By Tim Rands - Posted: 02/11/14 09:48PM UTC

South African players may have claimed the last five South Africa Opens, but plenty of players with British Links form have filled the frame. (Photo: Reuters / Tim Rands)

The European Tour takes in the Africa Open this week as it spends another week in South Africa at the East London Golf Club. South Africans have monopolized the event with victories for Darren Fichardt, Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuisen (2) and Retief Goosen. Only Fichardt returns this year, but defending a title isn't easy.

There's a plethora of other South Africans to choose from including favourite Thomas Aiken who, at around 10/1, looks far too short after failing to close the deal when holding the final round lead at last week's Joburg Open. Meanwhile, Jaco Van Zyl arguably has the best course form after finishing 4/4/2 in the last three years, but the bookies are giving nothing away at 16/1.

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Despite the South African domination, Darren Clark, Chris Wood and Michael Hoey all finished tied-second between 2009 and 2011; three players who all have decent British links form to their name - and it's certainly an angle to consider in our search for some value this week.

Three players who fit the profile are Michael Hoey (35/1), James Heath (275/1) and Kevin Phelan (250/1).

Hoey has won five European Tour events and four Challenge Tour events in the last nine years, and there's no one to fear in this field. Brought up on his home countries links, he also added the 2011 Alfred Dunhill Links to his CV. Although he can be a bit hit and miss, he certainly knows how to finish the job if in with a shout of a title, and five made cuts in succession show he's playing well enough.

Heath showed up well in the Joburg Open before fading into 37th spot after a poor weekend, however it is his amateur record that provides a positive pointer for his performance at this coastal venue. In winning both the Lytham Trophy and English Amateur Championship in 2004 he smashed the Lytham Trophy record by 10 shots - and stardom was predicted. At 30-years-old he has yet to scale anywhere near those heights - but this is a great opportunity to climb of the ladder.

23-year-old Irishman Kevin Phelan may have missed his last four cuts, but he should feel at home on this shortish course, especially if the predicted wind blows. Reports suggest Padraig Harrington has taken him under his wing, and let's not forget Phelan performed admirably at short but tricky Medinah in last year's US Open.

This weeks bets

2 points each-way Michael Hoey 35/1

1 point each-way James Heath 275/1 & 1 point top-ten 25/1

1 point each-way Kevin Phelan 250/1 & 1 point top-ten 20/1

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