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Golf betting tips: Hero World Challenge, Australian Open and South African Open Championship

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The Australian Open and South African Open Championship are this week’s events on the DP World Tour, while the PGA Tour stops off in the Bahamas for the Hero World Challenge.

Although there will be plenty of attention on the two southern-hemisphere events, the Hero World Challenge has particular significance with Tiger Woods making his first appearance since withdrawing from the Masters back in April.

The 15-time major winner is 50/1 to land a record-extending sixth Hero World Challenge title and his first in the Bahamas since 2011, while defending champion Viktor Hovland is 4/1 to lift the trophy for the third time in a row.

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Hero World Challenge golf betting tips

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Thomas to end trophy drought

Just 20 players will be battling it out for glory at Albany Golf Course and there looks to be some value in this star-studded field, starting off with 14/1 chance Justin Thomas.

It has been a difficult year for the 30-year-old, who has not won since landing his second PGA Championship in May 2022, but his three most recent tournament appearances have provided some positivity towards the end of 2023.

A T12 finish at the Wyndham Championship was followed by fifth at the Fortinet Championship and fourth at the Nedbank Golf Challenge, and he also contributed 1.5 points to Team USA’s losing cause in the Ryder Cup.

Thomas has finished fifth or T5 in the World Challenge in each of his last three appearances and, if he can continue on his recent upward trajectory, there is every chance he could claim the spoils for the first time in the Bahamas.

Tip: Outright winner – Justin Thomas @ 14/1 with bet365

Spieth ready to rock

Another interesting contender is 20/1 shot Jordan Spieth, who won this tournament in 2014 when it was staged at Isleworth and has had some promising performances since the event moved to Albany in 2015.

The American has finishes of fourth, sixth, third, 16th, 20th and 15th in six Bahamas outings, proving he has what it takes to tackle this course and rack up the birdies usually required to get in the mix.

Spieth will be making his first appearance since the Ryder Cup, an event he struggled in, but the extended break should have done him some good and he can hit the ground running now refreshed.

Tip: Outright winner – Jordan Spieth @ 20/1 with bet365

Australian Open golf betting tips

Jones to thrive Down Under

The Lakes Golf Club and The Australian are the two courses used for the opening two rounds of this event, before the latter venue then takes over at the weekend.

One player who has thrived at the Australian is Matt Jones, who won this tournament in 2015 and 2019 when it was solely staged at this course, while he also tied for second in 2017 when losing out to Cameron Davis by a shot.

Jones has had some solid performances on the Asian Tour heading into this event – going T7, T4 and second in his last three outings – and he can keep that momentum going on home soil.

Tip: Outright winner – Matt Jones @ 25/1 with bet365

Scrivener worth a look

Another home favourite who could make a splash this week is Jason Scrivener, who showed promise recently when he tied for ninth in the Qatar Masters.

The 34-year-old has also had some solid showings at the Australian, finishing T38 (2014), T19 (2017) and T13 (2019).

Scrivener looks like a big price this week and is seemingly going in under the radar.

Tip: Outright winner – Jason Scrivener @ 70/1 with bet365

South African Open Championship golf betting tips

Lombard a likely contender

This week’s venue, Blair Atholl Golf Course in Gauteng, is a beast of a layout at 8,420 yards, making it the third-longest course in the world and one that should give the bigger hitters an advantage.

Zander Lombard gets the nod here and he arrives on the back of an impressive T4 finish at the Joburg Open, adding to what has been a solid run of form.

The South African tied for 22nd at the DP World Tour Championship prior to that outing and was second at the Open de Espana, so he is coming to form at the end of the year.

Lombard, who was T30 at Blair Atholl last year, gives it plenty of tap off the tee with an average driving distance just shy of 310 yards, so he could be in the mix this week.

Tip: Outright winner – Zander Lombard @ 25/1 with bet365

Ravetto to make his mark

Another player to follow is Frenchman David Ravetto, who ended a run of six missed cuts in a row when finishing an encouraging T47 at the Joburg Open.

The 26-year-old, who was T30 here last year, was 26th in driving distance and 14th in strokes gained: off the tee on the DP World Tour last season and those facets of his game should help him challenge.

Tip: Outright winner – David Ravetto @ 110/1 with bet365

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