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Oliver Bekker has been in consistently solid form
Where to watch
Sky Sports Golf, 12.30pm Sunday
Oliver Bekker to win the Soudal Open
1pt 12-1 bet365, Betfred, Hills
Story so far
Ryan Fox continued his DP World Tour purple patch with a Saturday round of 66 which gave him the lead going into the denouement of the Soudal Open.
The New Zealander, who won the Ras al Khaimah Classic in February, has followed up with three consecutive top-15s. The ante-post 25-1 chance is no bigger than 2-1 with 18 holes to play.
Sam Horsfield, a pre-tournament 22-1 poke, is alone in second place, a shot behind, and can be backed at 5-2 for victory.
Local hero, Thomas Pieters, shares 35th place, eight shots behind, needing serious Sunday fireworks to be a factor.
-11 Ryan Fox
-10 Sam Horsfield
-9 Yannik Pau
-8 Fabrizio Zanotti, Marcel Schneider, Niall Kearney, Oliver Bekker
-7 Paul Waring, Robin Roussel, Chase Hanna, Andy Sullivan, Jorge Campillo, Dale Whitnell, Matti Schmid
-6 Angel Hidalgo, Grant Forrest, Jens Dantorp, Adrian Otaegui, Hennie Du Plessis, Matthew Jordan
2 R Fox, 5-2 S Horsfield, 9 Y Paul, 12 O Bekker, 14 F Zanotti, 22 N Kearney, 25 M Schneider, 33 bar
Tight, tree-lined, fiddly, firm Rinkven International has been the star of the show so far – a classic design keeping scores down despite its lack of yardage – and Sunday’s victor may be the man who avoids a cardbusting trip to the trees.
Ryan Fox and Sam Horsfield, clubbing down off the tee, are not naturals for this type of test, but both have handled the assignment well up to this point, and both left the 18th hole on Saturday full of beans – Fox made birdie and Horsfield salvaged par from a drive into the trees.
Neither appeal, though, at the short odds, with just 2-1 and 5-2 on offer, and so much golf to be played. Yannik Paul is a talented maiden who could upset them both, but the 12-1 about Oliver Bekker is arguably a slightly better value option.
Bekker has been relentlessly consistent on the DP World Tour this year, posting seven top-15 finishes in his last nine starts, losing a playoff to Adri Arnaus for the Catalan Championship.
A slow start on Saturday left the South African drifting out of things, but he closed with two birds and ended the day only three off the pace in a share of the fourth. That was probably his bad day of the week – and he stayed well in it – and his impressive Sunday scoring average this year makes him of great interest from this position.
Pre-tournament hope Adrian Otaegui is still in with a chance from five behind if he pings the lids, but Bekker is two shots closer and has more opportunity of toppling the leaders.
The final twoball of Fox and Horsfield is scheduled to tee off at 12.45pm UK and Ireland time on Sunday. A sunny day is forecast.
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FIRST PUBLISHED 5:37 PM, MAY 14 2022