2016 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship Betting Preview And Tips

Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
January 21st – 24th, 2016
Abu Dhabi G.C., Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,600
Purse: $2.7 million with $413,980 to the winner
Defending Champion: Gary Stal

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The 2016 season is only getting out of bed and already we have a potentially intriguing McIlroy versus Spieth head to head.

Spieth 9/2 is coming off a win the Tournament Of Champions and even though it was its usual ridiculous birdie-fest it was interesting to see that the Texan took right up where he left off at the WGC HSBC (T7) by topping the putting stats.  It’s his debut on this Abu Dhabi track but as Gary Stal proved in 2015 good putting and heavy par-4 scoring can yield a win without being a course expert.

Arguably the only thing that has stopped Rory McIlroy 4/1 winning in Abu Dhabi is his putter.  Second in 2015, T2 in 2014, 2nd in 2012 and 2nd in 2011 shows how close he has come here.  If you’ve been following Rors on Instagram you will know he is ripped and ready but there are no muscles on the putter.

Doc’s Top Five Players To Watch At The 2016 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship

Byeong Hun An 33/1

Ben finished just outside the top 10 on his debut here in 2015 and has developed immensely in the year since.  The BMW Championship winner finished 2015 with a T4 at the Tour Championship, T3 at the BMW Masters and solo 4th in Turkey.  Solo 8th last time out at the Nedbank.  Got plenty of golf last week at the Eurasia Cup so can hit the ground running.

Martin Kaymer 20/1

Despite throwing away the tournament with a 75 on Sunday last year Martin Kaymer is still the horse for this course.  The German is a three time winner in Abu Dhabi (2011, 2010 and 2008) and was T2 in 2009.  Finished 2015 solid if unspectacular and on his day can beat anyone.  Traditionally a good season starter.

Victor Dubuisson 33/1

I love Victor.  Arrived fashionably late at the EurAsia Cup last week and went through the week undefeated (then again very few Europeans were!)  Since putting some personal issues behind him and winning in Turkey Victor hasn’t been outside the top-20 and was T4 last time out at the Nedbank.  Missed the cut on his first couple of looks at Abu Dhabi GC but got the hang of it with an impressive T4 last year.

Thomas Pieters 50/1

If the European Tour is to survive in its battle with the PGA Tour it needs to keep its brightest young stars and Thomas Pieters is certainly one.  The big Belgian might be only 23 but won twice on Tour in the Czech Republic and Holland in 2015 and finished the season with six top-30 finishes.  Got it to -9 on just the par-4’s in Abu Dhabi last January on his way to a T4 and has a years more experience under his belt for another tilt this year.

Matthew Fitzpatrick 33/1

I cannot wait to see how Matthew does this year; for me he is the real deal.  I even have one of those long term bets on for Fitz to win a Major before he is 30!  Winning at Woburn seemed to instill the belief in him that he can contend every week and he has done since in Hong Kong (T3), China (T7, T13) and Dubai (T4 at the Tour Championship).  Great each way shout on a course that should suit him down to the ground this week.

Long Odds Glory Shot

Anthony Wall 125/1

Great performance in Joburg last week for Anthony which got him the bonus of an Open Championship spot this Summer.  Maybe he doesn’t win, or particularly want to, but Anthony finished 2015 well with at T9 at Woburn, T3 in Vilamoura and T22 at the Tour Championship.  One thing for sure, he has no problem taking a place finish and the cheque that goes with it.
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