2018 Omega Dubai Desert Classic

THE OVERVIEW

Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – The Emirates Golf Club is one of the oldest and finest tracks in the region. This week it will play as a 7,316-yard par 72 and will heavily favor players who can go long off the tee. However, many of the holes feature significant bends and will require creative shot making. The wind could be a factor here as the course is totally exposed, so it may be worth a look at the forecast and tee times to see if some players will get an advantage.

Some stats to focus on: Driving Distance, GIR, and GIR Putting.

 

PAST WINNERS

2017  – 19   Sergio Garcia   (Runner Up:  -16   Henrik Stenson)

2016  – 19   Danny Willett   (Runners Up:   -18   Rafa Cabrera Bello, Andy Sullivan)

2015  – 22   Rory McIlroy   (Runner Up:  -19   Alexander Noren)

2014  – 16   Stephen Gallacher   (Runner Up:  -15   Emiliano Grillo)

2013  – 22   Stephen Gallacher   (Runner Up:  -19   Richard Sterne)

2012  – 18   Rafa Cabrera Bello   (Runners Up:  -17   Stephen Gallacher, Lee Westwood)

THE ODDS    (Bovada 1/22/2018)

Rory McIlroy  +450

Sergio Garcia  +800

Tommy Fleetwood  +1000

Henrik Stenson  +1100

Matthew Fitzpatrick  +1800

Branden Grace  +2200

Thomas Pieters  +2200

Tyrrell Hatton  +2200

Rafa Cabrera Bello  +2500

Ross Fisher  +2500

Pat Perez  +3300

Bernd Weisberger  +3300

Louis Oosthuizen  +3300

Martin Kaymer  +4000

Dylan Fritelli  +5000

Kiradech Aphibarnrat  +5000

Alexander Levy  +5000

Byeong Hun An  +5000

Thorbjorn Olesen  +5500

Paul Dunne  +6600

Chris Paisley  +6600

 

WHO’S HOT

Chris Paisley

Tommy Fleetwood

Branden Grace

Dylan Fritelli

Matthew Fitzpatrick

Ross Fisher

Rory McIlroy

 

HORSES FOR THE COURSE

Rory McIlroy

Tyrrell Hatton

Rafa Cabrera Bello

Martin Kaymer

Henrik Stenson

Bernd Weisberger

Stephen Gallacher

 

LONGER SHOTS

Ian Poulter  +8000

Hao Tong Li  +8000

Andrew Johnston  +8000

Dean Burmester  +8000

George Coetzee  +10000

Jeung Hun Wang  +10000

Fabrizio Zanotti  +12500

Jordan Smith  +12500

Nicolas Colsaerts  +12500

Alexander Bjork  +15000

Gavin Green +15000

Pablo Larrazabal  +15000

Renato Paratore  +15000

Richie Ramsay  +15000

Brandon Stone  +17500

Eddie Pepperell  +17500

Haydn Porteous  +17500

 

FAITHFULS

Sergio Garcia

Brendan Grace

Ross Fisher

Bernd Weisbeger

Martin Kaymer

Joost Luiten

THE ‘FORE’ SOMES

‘FORE’ SOMES are chosen by selecting one player from a “low tier” betting pool (30:1 or better), two players from a “mid tier” (30:1 – 75:1), and a final player from a “high tier” (75:1 & up).  

KEITH’S ‘FORE’ SOME 

Thomas Pieters  (25:1).  The tall Belgian turns 26 on Saturday and he had an excellent showing last week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC, finishing T5 after a disappointing 72 in round four. His game really fits the model this week as Pieters sits currently in the top 10 on the European Tour for Driving Distance, GIR, and GIR Putting. He wasn’t able to put all four days together last week, but he certainly could here

Dylan Fritelli (50:1) & Paul Dunne (66:1).  Is there anyone who isn’t sold on Fritelli being a force on the European Tour right now? At this pace, it won’t be but just a few more events until he becomes one of the weekly favorites. He’s got the driver for this track and his recent form is pure fire. Paul Dunne, we suspect, will be flying under the radar here this week. The 25-year-old Irishman had a fabulous 2017 season and finished T19 last week with Richard Sterne and Fritelli. So far this season he is averaging 296 off the tee, 69.6 per round, and 29.25 putts per round.

Fabrizio Zanotti  (125:1).  The Paraguan finished T9 last week and has told the media he feels his game is ready to compete for wins. When he is on, he is dangerous. And his GIR and GIR Putting stats are enough for us to ride him this week.

JOHN’S ‘FORE’ SOME 

Henrik Stenson  (11:1)

Bernd Weisberger  (35:1)

Chris Paisley  (80:1)

Thomas Detry  (80:1)

 

GAVIN’S ‘FORE’ SOME 

Rafa Cabrera Bello  (28:1)

Dylan Fritelli  (50:1)

Chris Paisley  (80:1)

Fabrizio Zanotti  (150:1)   *differing odds are from sports.williamhill.com/bet

 

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