This year's venue has moved from Royal Durban CC to the short, 6,700 yards long, par 71 Mt Edgecombe course which hosts this event for the first time so very little is known about the course's playing characteristics. Local players may be worthy of some support as they may be inspired by Mandela's death.
OUTRIGHT: Romain Wattel, 0.5 pts win and place 25/1
The young Frenchman has yet to win on Tour but now appears to have the necessary experience behind him to take that next step. Add to that he ought to be inspired by a string of recent French winners including Bourdy and Dubuisson, he clearly has the incentive to do well. His tied third place in the last event in South Africa, The Dunhill, two weeks ago bodes well.
OUTRIGHT: Warren Abery, 0.5 pts win and place 50/1
Abery has never set the heather on fire on the Sunshine Tour let alone The European Tour but this week might just change that? He stays just up the road from the course at Ballito so this week is very much a home game for him. His recent form is good with four top ten finishes from his last five Sunshine Tour outings so he looks worthy of some support in such a weak field.
OUTRIGHT: Michael Hollick, 0.5 pts win and place 70/1
Hollick knows this course very well indeed as he represents it on Tour! He's only 26 years old and been a pro for two years but already has made some waves at amateur level winning the SA U19 championships. With two respectable recent outings on The European Tour at The SA Open and The Dunhill he can be expected to raise his game at home this week and may just steal a place?