The DP World Tour Championship is the third and final leg of the Race To Dubai, and the top-60 players will again do battle on the Earth Course, Jumeirah Golf estates, Dubai, UAE. The course is ideally suited to big-hitters at 7,625 yards, as the fairways are generous, and finding the right portion of the large greens is much easier with a shorter-club in hand. The greens are usually very fast too, with 12.5 on the Stimpmeter an average reading. Meanwhile, the water on the last 3-holes makes it a thrilling finish for the crowd, with two or three shot swings on each hole a possibility.
The last 4 renewals have been shared by Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson, and it’s no surprise to see the two again heading the market this year, with McIlroy at 3/1 and Stenson at 6/1 – and victory for either of them would come as no surprise. However, I’d sooner play 5 players at much bigger prices this week:
Thomas Pieters 1 Point Each-Way @ 33/1 (Various Bookies) ¼ odds 5 places
The big-hitting Belgian needs little introduction after his Ryder Cup exploits, and he should have the perfect game for this monster layout. 22nd on his debut last year, he finished fully 14 shots behind McIlroy, but amazingly played the par-5 18th in four-over-par. A much better and more confident player now, he’s fancied to win here in the next few years, and it could be this year if the likes of McIlroy and Stenson fail to perform to their best.
Brandon Grace 1 Point Each-Way @ 22/1 (Various Bookies) ¼ odds 5 places
The South African has put together some world-class performances over the last couple of seasons, and he was fourth at last year’s Nedbank and third here. This year he tied-third at the Nedbank, and there’s no reason why he won’t go close as he’s another power-hitter with plenty of class.
An Byeong-Hun 1 Point Each-Way @ 40/1 (Various Bookies) ¼ odds 5 places
The Korean male golfers have done some serious catching-up with their female counterparts this year, and Hun has already proven his class with a win at Wentworth last year. He also went close in this event with a fourth-place, and he showed he may be peaking just in time with 10th last time out.
Charles Schwartzel 1 Point Each-Way @ 50/1 (Betvictor) ¼ odds 5 places
Schwartzel has always been a player who consistently plays well on course he likes, and form figures here of 5/3/47/4 show he’s capable of going close. He didn’t show much at last week’s Nedbank but, as he never plays well there, the bookies may have overreacted by making him 50/1.
Victor Dubuisson 1 Point Each-Way @ 50/1 (Betvictor) ¼ odds 5 places
The Frenchman has been a disappointment most of this season but, having finished 3/2/13 here in the last 3 years, his chance is an obvious one after finishing tied-third at last week’s Nedbank. He also has a massive motivation to move-up the world rankings, as the 2018 Ryder Cup is being played in France.
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