Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
Abu Dhabi GC, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 26 Jan 2012 - 29 Jan 2012
odds from paddypower

Martin Kaymer 13/2


The King of Abu Dhabi, Martin Kaymer loves this places and has a record to back it up. Three wins in the last four stagings, and the year he didnt win, he finished tied second.  Joint favourite with McIlroy, Kaymer won by 8 shots last year, was first in greens in regulation and thrid in putts per green hit.

Rory McIlroy 13/2


This year is potentially huge for Rory McIlroy.  Has bettered his performance every year since 2009 when he tied fifth. Third behind Poults and Kaymer in 2010 and second last year.  29.5 and 28.3 putts per round over the past two seasons respectively, if Rors has a good putting week, he could continue the trend of bettering.

Charl Schwartzel 28/1


Three top fives in his last four events, and his fifth last week at the Volvo Golf Champions could have been so much better but for a mess up when forcing it on the 72nd hole. Three of Charl's last four wins have been in January and having played his way into form over the last couple of weeks I expect that to be an advantage here.

Alvaro Quiros 30/1


Won the Dubai World Championship at the end of the 2011 season in dramatic fashion with a monster putt on the last. Second in Qatar and winner in the Dubai Desert Classic this time last year, the big hitting Spaniard will be up for this one.

Long Odds Shots


If you're looking for some long odds glory this week I see Englishman Danny Willett as a decent each way bet at 100/1.  Danny had posted some good results here in the past.  I think Paul Lawrie's odds of 125/1 are very generous indeed. You'll remember Lawrie pushed Quiros all the way in the Dubai World Championship and after showing decent form last week I'd have an each way punt at those crazy odds.  Finally can an eye on the progress of Robert Rock at 100/1. He clicked into gear in the final round last week and performed well on his last visit to Dubai.

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