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Golf tips, best bets and player analysis for the Nedbank Challenge first round at Gary Player Country Club on the DP World Tour

When to watch

Sky Sports Golf, 9:00 a.m. Thursday

Best bets

Jordan Smith will win the threeball at 8:39
3 points 20-21 bet365, BoyleSports

Insight

Nedbank Challenge favorite Tommy Fleetwood tees off at 8.50am UK and Ireland time in round one at the Gary Player Country Club in South Africa.

Fleetwood will be joined by Ryan Fox and Adrian Meronk in the showpiece match on a day when the intense heat forecast will test the players. Fleetwood, who last won the Nedbank Challenge in 2019, looks a fair price at 13-10 to beat Fox and Meronk.

A better value option, however, is arguably Jordan Smith with a shadow of a chance of defeating Luke Donald and Ewen Ferguson. Smith shot a magnificent 30-under to win the Portugal Masters last time out, finally finding a form of putting to marry his ever-reliable ball-striking.

Gary Player Country Club is a stiff ball-striking test, where producing greens in regulation is key to success, and Smith looks likely to be off to a good start. European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald is on a watch briefing, with potential team members Smith and Ferguson.

Given that Ferguson is making his debut on the course – and lacks Smith’s tee punch – it’s reasonable to expect the Portuguese Masters champion to lead the pack.


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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 1:10 PM, NOVEMBER 9, 2022