Omega Dubai Desert Classic, Emirates GC, 29 Jan 2015 - 01 Feb 2015



2015 Dubai Desert Classic Betting Preview Tips And Predictions


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Favourites


Rory McIlroy heads the betting at an unbackable 3/1. He will win. Next is Henrik Stenson with more meat on the bone on 11/1.  Stenson won the event in 2007 and recorded another three top 10’s over the next three years (T6 in 2008, 3rd in 2009 and T8 in 2010). Finished 2014 strong by winning the Tour Championship on the city’s Earth Course.  MC in Abu Dhabi but showed an improvement with a T13 in Qatar last week which included a Sunday 66. Who doesn’t love those!



Doc’s Five To Watch



Martin Kaymer 12/1


Some say it’s the fool that gets in when everyone else is getting out, others say it’s the wise one.  Yes Kaymer threw away a massive lead last time out in Abu Dhabi by shooting a final round of 75 but he still finished third with excellent stats.  The German has played the Dubai Desert Classic five times and has been in the top five three of those, which is not too shabby.  Came closest to a win when finishing second to Tiger here in 2008 and was T9 in both 2009 and 2010.  Sure to be an exercise in mental toughness, but I’m backing Martin to be up to it.



Stephen Gallacher 22/1


The horse for the course.  Since finishing solo second  to Spanish Rafa here in 2012, Gallacher has won back to back in 2013 and 2014.  He’s out at 22/1 because his recent form hasn’t set the world alight but don’t let that put you off.  On the plus side, the Scot hasn’t missed a cut since the Wales Open and has been under par for his last six events.  A 75 on Friday in Qatar did for him last week but Gallacher seems to have this week’s course figured out better than all the rest.  An each way no brainer.



Emilliano Grillo  45/1


This may be a star studded field but that wont phase Emilliano.  The Argentinian is super consistent, with no missed cut since last year’s Italian Open and looked to be on good form in Qatar last week.  His T5 finish stats there included 7th in driving accuracy, 6th in GIR and 4th in putts per GIR.  Finished solo second in this event last year hitting more greens than anyone else in the field.  Let's hope big John P isn't refereeing this week and everything will be fine!



Bernd Wiesberger 30/1


A joy to behold when he’s on form and that looks to be the case from what I’m seeing so far this year.  The big Austrian was T6 in Abu Dhabi and solo third in Qatar last week where he led the GIR stats.  Best in this event of a T9 in 2014 where he improved to two 68’s on the weekend.



Thorbjorn Olesen 50/1


The Dane is available at a whopping 50/1 because he hasn’t really been at the races in his last two starts.  He did however win in Perth in October and played well at the WGC HSBC and Tour Championship.  I recall Thor had similar mediocre form coming here last year too and he finished T5 to add to his T3 in 2013.  Watch his progress this week.



Keys: MC=missed cut T= tied.
 
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