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Alfred Dunhill Championship Tips & Preview - 4 contenders for the title at Leopard Creek

05 Dec 2022
Freetips staff 05 Dec 2022
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  • The Alfred Dunhill Championship takes place between 8-11 December
  • The tournament takes place at the Leopard Creek CC, Malelane, South Africa
  • Christiaan Bezuidenhout is the defending champion
  • Seven past champions are in the field
  • Our four selections who could win on Sunday
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Christiaan Bezuidenhout
Christiaan Bezuidenhout is the top pick (Getty Images)

The DP World Tour converges on the picturesque Leopard Creek golf course for the final leg of the South African Swing, with the players contesting the Alfred Dunhill Championship. 

Christiaan Bezuidenhout returns to Leopard Creek to defend his title after victory in 2020. No tournament was held last year due to the effect of Covid-19 travel restrictions

There are seven past champions in the lineup, including Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Branden Grace, Brandon Stone, Richard Sterne, Charl Schwartzel, Ernie Els, and Marcel Siem.

These are our four selections that could lift the trophy this weekend.

Christiaan Bezuidenhout


Defending champion Christiaan Bezuidenhout has been in excellent touch since his return to the DP World Tour and South Africa, placing T5 at the Nedbank Golf Challenge and T3 at the Joburg Open. 

Other notable performances by the 28-year-old include T17 at the Sony Open in Hawaii, T14 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, T20 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, T12 at the AT&T Byron Nelson, T15 at the Charles Schwab Challenge, T2 at the John Deere Classic, T16 at the Genesis Scottish Open, T12 at the BMW Championship and T20 at the Shriners Children's Open. 

His last five appearances at the Alfred Dunhill Championship have been poor to outstanding, with results of MC in 2015, T56 in 2016, T18 in 2018, MC in 2019 and victory in 2020.

Bezuidenhout has returned to his best in his last two starts and will fancy his chances to repeat at Leopard Creek in front of his home fans this weekend. 

Charl Schwartzel


Charl Schwartzel has had a successful year since switching from the PGA Tour to the LIV Golf Invitational Series, winning the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series event in London and finishing T37 in Portland, T17 in Bedminster, T35 in Boston, T6 in Chicago, T27 in Bangkok and T8 in Jeddah.

On his return to South Africa, Schwartzel placed T9 at the Investec South African Open Championship last weekend. 

The South African struggled during the first part of the year, with his best results being T10 at the Masters and 8th at the AT&T Byron Nelson. 

The 38-year-old has an impeccable record at Leopard Creek, winning in 2012, 2013, and 2015 and finishing runner-up in 2006, 2009, and 2010. His last three appearances have been excellent, placing T4 in 2016, MC in 2018, and T3 in 2019.

Schwartzel loves this golf course, and after his recent result at the South African Open Championship, he will be confident he can win his fourth Alfred Dunhill Championship this weekend. 

Hennie Du Plessis


Hennie Du Plessis has shown that he is returning to form in his last three appearances on the DP World Tour, placing T8 at the Open de Espana, T33 at the Joburg Open, and T9 at the recent Investec South African Open Championship.

Other significant performances on the golf course in 2022 include T8 at the Vodacom Origins of Golf Final (Sunshine Tour), T6 at the Pecanwood Classic, runner-up at the Limpopo Championship (Challenge Tour), T3 at the ISPS Handa Championship in Spain, T6 at the Catalunya Championship, T15 at the Soudal Open, second at the LIV Golf Invitational Series London and T16 at the Omega European Masters.

The 26-year-old struggled in his first three attempts at winning the Alfred Dunhill Championship, finishing 62nd in 2017, MC in 2018 and MC in 2019 before placing T25 in 2020.

Du Plessis has shown in recent starts that he has turned the corner and will fancy his chances to cause an upset amongst his peers. 

Scott Vincent


Scott Vincent's last five starts on the Asian and Japan Tour have been excellent, placing 18th at the Japan Open Golf Championship, 4th at the International Series Morocco, T33 at the International Series Egypt, 7th at the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament and T10 at the Indonesia Masters.

Other noteworthy performances for the Zimbabwean in 2022 include winning the Mizuno Open and International Series England tournaments. He also placed T11 at the International Series Thailand, T10 at the Golf Partner Pro-Am Tournament, T7 at the Japan PGA Championship, T15 at the International Series Korea, T12 at the Sansan KBC Augusta and T12 at the LIV Invitational Golf Series in Chicago.

The 30-year-old has featured three times at this event, MC in 2016, finishing 69th in 2018, and placing T17 in 2020.

Vincent has solid form coming into this DP World Tour tournament and is the long-shot pick at Leopard Creek. 
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Verdict

Bezuidenhout has hit form at the right time and can win back-to-back Alfred Dunhill Championship titles this weekend.

Schwartzel has the idle game for this golf course and can win his fourth title at Leopard Creek.

Du Plessis has played well in South Africa in 2022 and could surprise the others with a victory come Sunday.

Vincent brings excellent form into the tournament and can feature prominently.

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