2017 DP World Tour Championship

2017 DP World Tour Championship Fantasy Golf Picks

THE COURSE

Jumeriah Golf Estates, Earth Course – The Earth Course at Jumeriah Golf Estates is a Greg Norman design that was created specifically for this event. The par-72, 7,675-yard long track can be a beast. It demands accuracy off the tee to avoid the many bunkers strategically placed in the landing areas. Players will be required to hit the ball long and straight and the greens will favor players with higher ball flight. Although the greens will be will not favor anyone when putting as they are well-known for being difficult to read. The finish will also be challenging as the closing 4 holes will punish any errant shots.

Given all of that, it is no surprise that the two names that pop up the most in course history success are Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson. We will be looking most closely at course history and recent form when picking players for this one.

 

PAST WINNERS

2016  – 17  Matthew Fitzpatrick    (Runner Up:  – 16   Tyrrell Hatton)

2015  – 21  Rory McIlroy   (Runner Up:  – 20   Andy Sullivan)

2014  – 16  Henrik Stenson   (Runners Up:  – 14  Victor Dubuisson, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose)

2013  – 25  Henrik Stenson   (Runner Up:  – 19  Ian Poulter)

2012  – 23  Rory McIlroy   (Runner Up:  – 21  Justin Rose)

ODDS    (Bovada 11/14/2017)

Justin Rose   +600

Jon Rahm   +1100

Sergio Garcia   +1200

Branden Grace   +1400

Matthew Fitzpatrick  +1400

Tyrrell Hatton   +1600

Francesco Molinari   +2000

Tommy Fleetwood +2000

Charl Schwartzel +2200

Victor Dubuisson  +2200

Patrick Reed  +2800

Shane Lowry +2800

Alex Noren +3300

Bernd Weisberger  +3300

Joost Luiten  +3300

Martin Kaymer  +3300

Thorbjorn Olesen  +3300

Ross Fisher  +3500

Peter Uihlein +4000

Rafa Cabrera Bello +4000

Ian Poulter  +4500

 

WHO’S HOT

Tyrrell Hatton   +1600

Justin Rose   +600

Kiradech Aphibarnrat   +5500

Eddie Pepperell   +6600

Matthew Fitzpatrick   +1400

Victor Dubuisson   +2200

Joost Luiten   +3300

 

HORSES FOR THE COURSE

Rory McIlroy

Henrik Stenson

Matthew Fitzpatrick

Victor Dubuisson

Francesco Molinari

 

LONGER SHOTS

Thomas Pieters   +4500

Nicolas Colsaerts   +5000

Kiradech Aphibarnrat   +5500

Julian Suri  +6600

Hao Tong Li   +7000

Chris Wood   +8000

Andy Sullivan   +10000

Haydn Porteous   +12500

 

FAITHFULS

Branden Grace   +1400

Charl Schwartzel   +2200

Bernd Wiesberger   +3300

 

WHO WE LIKE

Matthew Fitzpatrick.  It’s difficult not to take Rose here considering he’s won his last two starts (and Garcia is awfully tempting as well after his excellent win at the Valderrama Masters), but in only two appearances at the World Tour Championship, Matthew Fitzpatrick has placed T4 and 1st. Also, since winning the Omega Euro Masters in October, the young Brit has racked up six straight top 15 finishes. He owns this course and is in strong form. Betting odds wise, we also like Tyrrell Hatton and Victor Dubuisson.

Rafael Cabrera Bello & Nicolas Colsaerts.  Both players have put up good scores on this course in the past. Bello is 41 under on this course over the past 5 events here. He knows the course and he knows how to score. Colsaerts has shown some good form of late with a T15 at The Italian Open and a T2 at The Turkish Airlines Open. He has a bit of positive recent course history too, sharing a T4 here last year with Dubuisson. This is a course that suits the big-bombing Belgian, and if he can avoid the trouble, he should fair well. (Thomas Pieters is a bit of a wilder bet, but also could have a good showing this week).

Hao Tong Li.  Scott Jamieson looked really solid last week in South Africa, and Haydn Porteous always seems to put in one excellent round every week, but at the high-odds end of the spectrum Hao Tong Li‘s name just shines. His 64 last Sunday was a sight to behold. If he has caught some confidence, Li has all the game not only to compete here, but to top some really big names. He only has one appearance at this event. A 6-under T30 last year.