2016 Dubai Desert Classic Betting Preview And Expert Tips

Emirates G.C., Dubai, United Arab Emirates$4
Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,327
Purse: $2.65 million with $412,868 to the winner
Defending Champion: Rory McIlroy

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Doc’s Top Five To Watch At The Dubai Desert Classic

1. Henrik Stenson 9/1

Henrik is a previous winner of the Dubai Desert Classic in 2007 and followed up with three top tens but hasn’t had a decent finish here since.  That could all change this year though after an impressive putting week in Abu Dhabi which yielded a T3 finish.  The Swede was also solo second at the Nedbank on his last start before that.  I think we say “will this be Henrik’s year” every year around this time so once again with gusto “Will this be Henrik’s year?”  With nobody miles ahead yet in terms of form, this can certainly be his week.

2. Thorbjorn Olesen 35/1

The video of Thor's mum watching him win in Scotland from her home was great.

Rejuvenated since winning the Alfred Dunhill Links and back to being a real star of the European Tour.  Great greens in regulation exhibition in Qatar on his way to a T2 and the Dane can look back to a T5 in 2014 and T3 in 2013 at this event for inspiration.

Byeong Hun An 25/1

This man is turning the European Tour into his own personal ATM! A T5 in Abu Dhabi last time out brought his earnings in his last six starts to over €1 million.  It was also his fourth top 10 in his last five starts.  Ben has also never been outside the top 15 in his five desert starts and was T13 on his debut here last year.  Expect better this time around.

Martin Kaymer  25/1

Tore through the field with a 64 on Sunday last year to climb into a T4 finish and while winners in Dubai traditionally don’t have great putting stats it has to help that Martin was T2 in the stat in 2015.  T16 last time out in Abu Dhabi and has been fourth or better in six starts at this event.

Stephen Gallacher 50/1

Let’s be honest here.  Stephen is coming off missed cuts in Qatar and Abu Dhabi and hasn’t had a top 10 since the Portugal Masters but still merits a place on my top-5 on his ‘horse for the course stats.’  After a T2 in 2012, the Scot won back to back here in 2012 and 2013 and was solo third last year.  I’ve seen it countless times where a player, down in the dumps, goes to a course he has played on in the past, and rediscovers his form.  Great odds of 50/1 if you like that logic.

Long Odds Glory Shot

Robert Rock 66/1

Rocky was solid in Abu Dhabi and Qatar and is getting some desert golf under his belt.  Three top 10’s in his last three starts at Emirates GC including a T5 in 2014.

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