Superb chance for James Ward making MD here.
Agree, although I could imagine him struggling with the wind.
Van Der Merwe is easily the worst of the top 4 seeds, so he definitely got lucky with the draw there.
He needs to be making the most of opportunities like these. Qualifying would only earn him 12pts, but if he could average this across 18 tournaments he'd be top 225 at worst, with plenty to play for.
The Australian Open has already earned him a nice premium - 35pts.