2015 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship Betting Preview Tips and Predictions
Abu Dhabi GC, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates




Doc’s Five To Watch


Rory McIlroy 4/1

After a Christmas away from the game Rory McIlroy has been out in the desert shaking off the rust and it looks ominous for the rest of the field.  He has never won here and did miss the cut on +6 in 2013 following his switch to Nike but apart from that his record at Abu Dhabi GC is pretty darn good.  Leaving aside that 2013 visit, Rors has a slew of top fives in this event with three second places including a T2 in 2014 when a two shot penalty on Saturday ultimately cost him the title.  It’s all about hitting the greens with the rough up and since 2009 nobody has hit more of them here statistically than McIlroy.  Expect a dominant performance.


Martin Kaymer 12/1

A 74 on the final day in 2014 dropped Martin to a T31 finish but he remains the most decorated player in the tournament’s history with three wins in 2011, 2010 and 2008 (he also was T2 in 2009).  The German’s key to successes in the past on this course has been his putting and if he can couple that with some of the swings that yielded The Players or US Open he could give Rory a run for his money this week.


George Coetzee 40/1

George missed the cut last week in South Africa but I’m sure he’ll shrug that off and contend during the desert swing.  Three career top 10’s here include a final round of 66 in 2014 to finish T4, a T9 in 2013 and a Sunday 65 in 2012 for a T6.  Putts incredibly well on these greens.


Branden Grace  35/1

The four time winner during the 2012 season has seen a turnaround in his form since last season’s Open Championship. No missed cuts since, a T9 at the Tour Championship and a seven shot winning margin at the Alfred Dunhill in December have Grace set up for a great 2015.  A best in Abu Dhabi of fifth in 2013 when he birdied five of the last six holes in the final round.  Great each way shout.


Tommy Fleetwood 55/1

Might have missed two out three cuts here in Abu Dhabi but I think this visit will be different and moreover 2015 will be a great year for Tommy Fleetwood.  Has recorded four top-five finishes since last year’s Czech Open and scored a T12 at the Tour Championship.  Shot a 65 in the final round last year for a T19 finish. 


Best Of The Rest


Rafa Cabrera Bello 55/1
Rafa Cabrera Bello is somewhat of a desert specialist having won in Dubai before and he contended last year eventually finishing T4.  Also finished solo 7th in 2011.
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