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Out of the Rough: Jonsson Workwear Open (2024)

The DP World Tour stays in South Africa this week to cap off its International Swing with the third playing of the Jonsson Workwear Open.

This event was first staged two years ago and was co-sanctioned between the Challenge Tour and the Sunshine Tour. The first year of this event was played at the Durban Country Club.

Last year’s installment was held at the Club at Steyn Club and for the third time in three year’s the Jonsson Workwear Open will be played at a different course.

This year’s installment will be held at the Glendower Country Club in Edenvale, Gauteng, South Africa.

The Field

This week’s field is once again headlined by a duo of South Africans in Thriston Lawrence and Zander Lombard.

They’ll both be looking to claim victory on home soil. For Lombard, it would be his first DP World Tour title.

Other notable South Africans in this week's field include Hennie Du Plessis, Jayden Schaper, Wilco Nienaber and Luis de Jager.

Other notable golfers looking to spoil the South African homecoming include Tom McKibbin, Ewen Ferguson, Jordan Smith, Rikuya Hoshino, Antoine Rozner and Conner Syme.

Although at a different course, Nick Bachmen is the defending champion of this event and will be back this week looking to repeat. JC Ritchie won the inaugural event in 2022 and too will be teeing it up this week.

The Course

Glendower Country Club plays host to this week’s Jonsson Workwear Open and plays as a par 72 at 7,542 yards.

Although long on paper, the course does not play anywhere near where that number suggests as it sits at elevation.

It was designed by C.H. Alison in 1937 and is a classic tree-line parkland course.

Glendower Country Club features Kikuyu fairways and rough. Kikuyu is a challenging grass as it tends to “stick” to the ball, especially in the rough.

The greens this week are laid with bentgrass and are gently undulating.

The course’s mainline of defense is its multitude of bunkers as this course features 64 of them - 27 on the front and 37 on the back.

Water is also in play early and often this week as it is featured on 11 holes.

This venue hosted the Fortress Invitational on the Sunshine Tour in October of last year. It also hosted the South African Open in 2013, ‘15, ‘16, ‘17 and ‘18.

It has also hosted the Sunshine Tour Championship in 2020, six editions of the BMG Classic on the Sunshine Tour and also has hosted events on the Big Easy Tour.

The Weather

Weather could serve to be a factor this week as Thursday’s opening round is forecasting light thunderstorms and rain with a 60-percent chance of precipitation. Saturday too is calling for a chance of light thunderstorms with a 50-percent chance of precipitation. Friday and Sunday look to be clear at this point. Temperatures will begin at 78-degrees on Thursday before climbing to 82-or-83 degrees across the other three days. Winds will begin at 13 miles-per-hour on Thursday before falling to single digits on Friday and bouncing back to ten and 14 miles-per-hour on Saturday and Sunday respectively. We can only hope the thunderstorms don’t hit the area this week.

Key Stats

  • Strokes Gained: Putting (SG: PUTT)

  • Strokes Gained: Tee to Green (SG: TTG)

  • Greens in Regulation Percentage (GIR%)

  • Sand Saves Percentage

  • Birdie or Better Percentage

  • Par Five Average Scoring

  • Three-Putt Avoidance

Betting Card

Zander Lombard (+1400)

Surprise! Not. If you’ve been following me you know I’ve been all over Lombard this season. Not just as of late but earlier in the season as well. A victory hasn’t come as of yet, but he’s been knocking on the door. Lombard had an outing to forget a week ago but we can throw that one out the window. Prior to last week’s SDC Championship, Lombard played in eight events on the season with a worst finish of T25th. He has finishes such as a T2nd at the Bahrain Championship, T4th at the Joburg Open and T6th at the Dubai Invitational. He is currently third on Tour in birdie or better percentage, 12th in SG: TTG, 16th in three-putt avoidance, 21st in SG: PUTT, 23rd in GIR%, 28th in par five average scoring and 60th in sand saves percentage. He was also T2nd here a season ago, again, at a different golf course however. I’m playing two units on him at +1400.

Antoine Rozner (+2500)

If you’ve been here for a while, then you know I loved to bet Rozner last year. There were a few times where he looked very promising out of the gate but just couldn’t get across the finish line last year. We can hope that isn’t the case this week. He is currently 16th on Tour in birdie or better percentage, 19th in GIR%, 22nd in both par five average scoring and three-putt avoidance, 29th in SG: TTG, 35th in SG: PUTT and 52nd in sand saves percentage. Outside of last week’s T66th at the SDC Championship, Rozner has been in some great form. He had a three week stretch where he placed T6th at the Qatar Masters, T12th at the Bahrain Championship and T16th at the Hero Dubai Desert Classic. I’m playing a unit on him.

Aaron Cockerill (+5000)

Cockerill is a name that really interests me this week. He’s currently fifth on Tour in three-putt avoidance, sixth in par five average scoring, 20th in SG: PUTT, 21st in sand saves percentage, 25th in birdie or better percentage and 37th in both SG: TTG and GIR%. In other words, he’s top 37 in each of the seven statistical categories we took into consideration this week. Recent form isn’t there for Cockerill but if we look back just a month ago, he placed T6th at the Bahrain Championship. Prior to that he had a run of five events where his worst finish was T32nd and that was the first event of the season. That run of events was highlighted by a T4th at the Hero Dubai Classic. I’m playing a unit on Cockerill this week.

Darius van Driel (+6500)

Van Driel got his first DP World Tour victory in his last outing two weeks back at the Magical Kenya Open. On top of that, he also placed T4th at the Hero Dubai Classic and T6th at the Bahrain Championship. He is currently seventh on Tour in SG: TTG, eighth in GIR%, 11th in both birdie or better percentage and par five average scoring, 48th in three-putt avoidance, 72nd in SG: PUTT and 111th in sand saves percentage. I think there’s some insane value for van Driel here at +6500 and I’m playing a unit on him.

Jacques Kruyswijk (+7500)

I had to add another South African to my card this week and it just so happens to be Kruyswijk. Like Lombard, he’s seeking his first DP World Tour victory on home soil. He comes into this week fresh off a T11th at the Magical Kenya Open in his last outing. He also placed T4th earlier this season at the Joburg Open. He is currently 23rd on Tour in SG: TTG, 27th in sand saves percentage, 30th in three-putt avoidance, 34th in SG: PUTT, 69th in GIR%, 76th in birdie or better percentage and 84th in par five average scoring.

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