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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Twofer Tuesday: Alfred Dunhill Championship

There's a lull in pro golf right now so Twofer Tuesday journeys to the other side of the world -- South Africa, to be exact -- for the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Defending champion David Lipsky

This event is held at the Leopard Creek CC in Malelane, where it has been held since 2005. It appears that last year's winner, American David Lipsky, won't be defending this time around so we're looking for a new champion.

Unfortunately for me, many of the players in this event are golfers with whom I am less familiar... and many of the ones I know haven't played all that well this year. Oh well, my picks haven't been all that good when I've known them, have they? Let's give it a go!
  • My Top10er this week is Brandon Stone. Brandon's game has been a bit off this year... wait a minute, who am I kidding? He's missed way too many cuts this year. But I think I see a slight trend upward over the last couple of months -- a T21 at the KLM Masters back in September, and strong finishes in his last two events (T26 at the Amundi Open de France and T2 at the Portugal Masters). In a field with fewer big names to battle, he might see an opening to add a fourth ET win to his CV.
  • And my winner is Eddie Pepperell. While he's gotten some bad press over his DQ at his last start, the Turkish Airlines Open -- remember the wet ball fiasco? -- he had posted T15, T48 and T6 in the three previous events. That DQ was less about form and more about a mental lapse, and I suspect he feels he has something to prove. This would be a great event for him to do just that.
GC's coverage begins Thursday morning at 8am ET. I actually feel pretty good about these picks and, given the lack of big names in this event, we're almost certain to have a surprise winner.

I just hope my picks decide to surprise me!

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