The race To Dubai finishes in Dubai this week, where the Earth Course at the Jumeirah Golf Estates stages the fourth and final leg of the European Tour’s end-of-season showpiece. As the course measures 7,625 yards, it comes as little surprise that imperious ball-strikers have fared well here – and those who don’t get it out there over 300+ yards will probably have to give second best to those who do.
There’s no denying the chances of previous winners Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson or dual runner-up Justin Rose but, at a best-priced 5/1, 6/1 and 8/1 respectively, do you really want to get involved. I confess I nearly took some of the early 7/1 about Henrik Stenson but, as that’s long gone, I’m reverting back to plan “A” and concentrating on three players who I think offer some value this week – and a place for any of them will guarantee a small profit.
Victor Dubuisson 2 points each-way @ 25/1 (Betfair Sportsbook, Coral, Betfred) ¼ odds 5 places.
The young Frenchman burst back to his best with a second win in the Turkish Airlines Open 2 weeks ago and, if not knocked sideways by last week’s problems in Paris, he can hopefully go onto win a tournament he has finished 3rd and 2nd in the last two years. It wouldn’t even surprise me if he won here and did something gallant like donating his winner’s prize to help those affected by the terrorist attack.
Brandon Grace 2 points each-way @ 22/1 (Bet365, Skybet, Coral) ¼ odds 5 places
The South African has had a terrific all-round season, and certainly has the all-round game to contend on one of the world’s biggest stages after playing well in more than one major championship this year. Previous 6th and 9th placed finishes here show he handles the course well, and that and his current good form could put him right in the mix come Sunday.
Shane Lowry 1 point each-way @ 50/1 (Coral, Betfair Sportsbook) ¼ odds 5 places
The young Irishman has looked a little frustrated on the greens in recent weeks, but his tee-to-green game should put him right in the mix if he’s in the mood – which he should be as he has a chance of winning the Race To Dubai with a victory here. Boasts 8th and 5th placed finishes here in 3 previous attempts, and proved earlier this season that he can handle the big occasion when winning the WGC Bridgestone.