The Race To Dubai reaches its final destination this week as the DP World Tour Championship takes place at the Par 72 7,381-yards Earth Course in Dubai and, with a few quid in our pockets thanks to a profitable time at last week’s Nedbank, it’s time to enjoy the European Tour’s final showcase event by backing three fancies this week.
The biggest plaudits will go to the winner of the Race To Dubai, the season-long money-list, and only Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia can claim the prize. However, Garcia’s previous form here gives him the look of being the big outsider of the trio. Meanwhile, current-leader Fleetwood has managed a ninth and a twelfth in four previous visits, and could yet have one final big-effort in his locker despite not quite looking at his best in recent weeks. However, it’s the opposite for Justin Rose who, having already proved he likes this course with two runner-up finishes, comes here at the top of his game following two consecutive victories – and is the rightful favourite this week. He could easily win but, at just 7/1, I’m happy to pass.
That’s because winning this big tournament is a big achievement in its own right, and winning it will be a big motivation for other players in this field as it would give them a massive chance of being in Europe’s 2018 Ryder Cup Team next year.
One player who will be desperate to get his second taste of the Ryder Cup is Matt Fitzpatrick and, having finished fourth and first on his two previous visits, looks sure to put his all-round game to good use this week having been a model of top-15 consistency of late.
It’s a similar case for Tyrell Hatton who, having finished 6/13/2 here in the last three years, arrives this year having finished no worse than 19th in his last 7 starts, and even that 19th place at the Nedbank was 6 places better than his previous best finish there. That just cements the general opinion that Hatton is a much better player this season, and he could be hard to beat if in contention come Sunday.
Meanwhile, the outsider I want on my side this week is Nicolas Colsaerts. The big-hitting Belgian shot a couple of excellent rounds on his way to finishing fourth last season, and he arrives here playing much better this time around. He looks worth an each-way interest in the each-way market, and looks worth backing each-way in the first-round leader market. He actually shot his good rounds in rounds 2 and 4 last season, but he’s often a player who shoots the lights out in the first-round.
2017 DP World Tour Championship Tips
Matthew Fitzpatrick : 2 Points Each-Way @ 16/1 Betfair, Paddy Power (6 places)
Tyrell Hatton : 2 Points Each-Way @ 16/1 Betfair, PaddyPower (6 places)
Nicolas Colsaerts : 1 point Each-Way @ 45/1 Paddy Power, SkyBet (6 places)
Nicolas Colsaerts to be First-Round Leader : 1 Point Each-Way @ 50/1 Coral, Ladbrokes (5 places)