Just a week after Collin Morikawa was crowned the European Tour’s number one for 2021, the 2022 season gets under way in South Africa with the Joburg Open.

There is plenty of homefield interest, with one particular South African looking very interesting indeed. Read on for our preview of the event, which begins on Thursday.

Course form points to Stone

While it’s by far a watertight method, more often than not, those golfers who play well at certain courses often continue to do that throughout their careers. Take Tiger Woods at Augusta for example. He might be totally out of form in the tournaments prior, but when he arrives in Georgia he more often than not is there at the business end. And while Brandon Stone isn’t quite of that calibre, his course form at Randpark Golf Course reads pretty impressively too.

The South African’s form figures read 7-MC-4, with the most recent of those coming off a month’s break – further evidence that he’s a very dangerous customer on home soil. It’s clear home comforts suit him as he was victorious earlier in the year when he won a play-off at the Limpopo Championship – a Challenge Tour and Sunshine Tour collaboration. Granted, he hasn’t been at his best since then but that’s largely been down to a cold putter, and when he’s found something on the greens, such as when 12th in the Czech Masters, he’s been much more involved and in the thick of things.

This is, of course, a step down in grade to the tournaments he’s been playing in and given he’s a former Rolex Series winner, he has the class to take this field apart. As mentioned, he’s a much more dangerous player when back on South African soil and with players of his class, when he’s on form, he has to be fancied to go well at 30/1.

Favourite Burmester a likely player

It’s hardly surprising that another South African, Dean Burmester, is the 10/1 favourite at the Joburg Open this week. The results of his last four starts read 7-1-44-6, with that win coming in the South African PGA Championship.

Burmester finished in a tie for sixth last week in Dubai in a significantly stronger field than this, and if he’s over the excursions of the travelling, he must go close again.

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