Image for Dave Tindall Dave Tindall - October 14, 2022

Magical Kenya Open Predictions, Betting Odds, Picks

  • After a two-week break, the DP World Tour resumes in Kenya
  • Muthaiga Golf Club, a parkland track to the north of Nairobi, plays host
  • Spain’s Adri Arnaus and South Africa’s Dean Burmester head the betting

Magical Kenya Open Odds

The odds for this tournament are provided by Caesars Sportsbook. Click on the odds below to head to Caesars Sportsbook and place a bet.

Player Odds
Adri Arnaus +1400
BET HERE
Dean Burmester +1400
BET HERE
Justin Harding +1600
BET HERE
Adrian Meronk +1600
BET HERE
Thomas Detry +1800
BET HERE
Johannes Veerman +2000
BET HERE
Daniel van Tonder +2500
BET HERE
Marcus Armitage +2500
BET HERE
Scott Jamieson +2800
BET HERE
Matthieu Pavon +3300
BET HERE
Oliver Bekker +3300
BET HERE

Magical Kenya Open Picks

Dean Burmester is 75th in the world rankings after a surge. The South African excels in his home continent and can land the win at +1400 Caesars Sportsbook.

Oliver Bekker has a potent mix of current and course form. He can win a 72-hole match over Muthaiga first-timer Zander Lombard at -120 with DraftKings Sportsbook.

Shubhankar Sharma has good form and a strong record in events held at altitude. Back the Indian to crack the top 10 at +400 with DraftKings Sportsbook.

Play Fantasy Sports Here!

Hot

Logo #1

SI Sportsbook

9/10

Bet $20 Get $100

21+ CO, VA, MI Only | Terms and conditions apply

Magical Kenya Open Adri Arnaus

Magical Kenya Open Predictions

After two weeks off, the DP World Tour resumes on the continent of Africa with the Magical Kenya Open.

That’s quite the title and it’s fitting that some of the magicians of the game such as Seve Ballesteros and Ian Woosnam both have their name on the trophy.

Its history dates back to 1967 and, over the years, the tournament has been part of various tours.

Since gaining European Tour (now DP World Tour) status in 2019, the event has been played at Karen Golf Club.

Guido Migliozzi of Italy won there in 2019 and, after the pandemic caused a cancellation in 2020, South African Justin Harding beat Kurt Kitayama (solo third at the Honda Classic last Sunday) by two shots in 2022.

This year, it moves to nearby Muthaiga GC but the parkland track is no stranger to hosting the Kenya Open and did so twice recently on the Challenge Tour (2017 and 2018).

Both venues are at altitude so don’t throw out form at Karen as it still has plenty of relevance.

Muthaiga is a par 71 measuring 7,184 yards but with the ball flying further in the rarified air, that’s very short by modern standards.

The course is tree-lined and has plenty of water in play, the inward nine shaped around several man-made lakes. The greens are bentgrass.

With lots of dog-legs, big-hitting is somewhat negated and many regard it more as a fairways and greens test.

Looking at the recent Challenge Tour events played there, Aaron Rai (now on the PGA Tour) scored an emotional win in 2017 (he has a Kenyan mother) when shooting 17-under.

Scoring was tougher in 2018 when Italy’s Lorenzo Gagli outlasted Sweden’s Jens Fahbring in a play-off.

Back Burmester for the win

Given the geographical location, it’s no surprise that South Africans have a strong record in this event.

They’ve provided four of the last 10 winners and also four runners-up over that same time span.

The Springbok I like here is Dean Burmester, one of the joint-favorites at +1400.

Burmester ended 2020 ranked 182nd in the world but is now No.75 having peaked at 66th last year.

He didn’t quite have his best stuff on the Middle East Swing although a T25 in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship was a fair effort in a top-class field.

What really stands out with Burmester is looking at his results when he heads back to his home continent.

In three of his last four events in South Africa, he has a win at the South African PGA Championship in November, a fourth at the South African Open in December, and a second place in the Dimension Data Pro-Am a fortnight ago.

Burmester is a big hitter but looking at his stats in the latter shows him 18th for Driving Accuracy and 17th for Greens In Regulation so he had control too.

It’s also no bad thing to see him rank 1st for Putting Average in that event.

Burmester was tied eighth in the 2021 Kenya Open so good form in the area adds a final tick to his credentials.

Play Fantasy Sports Here!

Hot

Logo #1

SI Sportsbook

9/10

Bet $20 Get $100

21+ CO, VA, MI Only | Terms and conditions apply

Bekker can outscore Lombard

Last week’s 72-hole match bet landed easily as Billy Horschel (T16) easily got the better of a fatigued Joaquin Niemann (missed cut) in a -110 pick’ em.

This time I’ll go for the in-form Oliver Bekker to gun down fellow South African Zander Lombard.

Bekker was close to selection in the outright market, to be honest.

The seven-time SA Sunshine Tour winner is in great form after back-to-back top 10 finishes in the two recent DP World Tour events held in Ras al Khaimah.

Two starts earlier he was runner-up in the South African Open.

Bekker has a bunch of course form too. He’s played four times at Muthaiga on the Challenge Tour and has an 18th (2010), a 14th (2012), and a 6th (2018). It seems the course fits his eye.

Lombard is in good form as well after a third at Ras al Khaimah and another top three in the Cape Town Open last week.

But he’s an inconsistent character and will be seeing the course for the first time.

In addition, Lombard’s two starts on Kenyan soil show a WD (after rounds of 82-71) and a missed cut (75-72).

Bekker (-120 DraftKings) offers a more trustworthy package and can take down Lombard over 72 holes.

Sharma can crack the top 10

With the course nearly 1,800 meters above sea level, I’m looking for a player who can excel at altitude.

One player that easily springs to mind is Shubhankar Sharma.

PGA Tour fans may recall the Indian golfer causing a shock for the first three rounds of the WGC-Mexico Championship in 2017 when, against all odds, he led the world’s best with 18 holes to go.

It didn’t work out on day four but his performance there added to the belief that he’s one to watch when the ball is flying further than normal.

Other evidence of him playing well high up comes from a win at the Joburg Open and a strong run in the European Open at Crans-Sur-Sierre.

He went 3-for-3 in the Middle East recently and that included an excellent second place in Abu Dhabi.

Back Sharma for a top 10 at +400 with DraftKings Sportsbook.

Play Fantasy Sports Here!

Hot

Logo #1

DraftKings

9/10

Deposit Bonus Up to $1,000

21+ | T&Cs apply

Hot

Logo #2

BetRivers

9/10

$500 Free Bet

21+ | VA only | Gambling problem? Call 1-800-532-3500

Magical Kenya Open Information

Magical Kenya Open
Tournament Magical Kenya Open
Location Muthaiga Golf Club, Nairobi, Kenya
Time Thursday, March 03 – Sunday, March 06
How to Watch Thursday-Friday 5 am-10 am ET (Golf Channel), Saturday 4.30 am-9 am (Golf Channel), Sunday 4.30 am-9 am (Golf Channel). All 4 days on Sky Sports
Image for Dave Tindall

AUTHOR

Dave Tindall

77 Articles

Dave Tindall is former golf editor at SkySports.com and Golf365.com and has been writing betting previews for the PGA Tour and European Tour since 1997. He has also written for a range of betting companies, including William Hill and Betfair, as well as being a regular columnist for Rotoworld, The Guardian, Sporting Life and Planet Sport. His other area of speciality is football while he's also covered cricket and tennis.



Email: [email protected]

More info on Dave Tindall
We've been featured on:
espn logo
reuters logo
cbs-news logo
forbes logo
entrepreneur logo
We only list licensed sportsbooks
18-plus
800 gambler black logo dmca logo gig media power affiliate ranking gig media igb best casino affiliate winner

© Rebel Penguin ApS 2022 (a subsidiary of Gaming Innovation Group Inc.)

We support responsible gambling. If you feel like you're losing control over your gambling experience, call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ, PA, WV), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-BETS-OFF (IA), 1-800-522-4700 (NV), 1-800-522-4700 (CO, TN), 1-855-2CALLGA (IL), 1-800-270-7117 (MI).

WSN.com is registered with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) under affiliate vendor ID 89744, with the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) under certificate of registration number SWR-000148, approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as a gaming service provider, under certificate registration number 117656-1, possesses a Vendor Minor sports betting license from the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission (account number 94414163), granted a vendor registration number VR007603-20-001 by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, an interim Sports Wagering Supplier license, under license number SWS 066, issued by the West Virginia Lottery Commission, a sports betting vendor registration, under registration number #100400, issued by the Director of Gaming Licensing and Investigations of the Virginia Lottery to operate in the State of Virginia, and a Vendor Registration issued by the Sports Wagering Committee of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.

Advertising disclosure: WSN contains links to online retailers on its website. When people click on our affiliate links and make purchases, WSN earns a commission from our partners, including ESPN and various sportsbooks.