DP World Tour Championship Betting Tips
The European Tour season comes to an end this week with the annual stop off at Jumeirah Golf Estates for the DP World Tour Championship.
Only the top 60 players in the Race to Dubai rankings (with adjustments made for the players who qualified but are injured) earned a place to compete at Jumeirah’s Earth Course. That’s guaranteed a top quality field, full of potential champions.
However, when it comes to the season long Race to Dubai, only three men remain in the running.
Current leader Tommy Fleetwood is the odds-on favourite to complete the job but he’ll be wary about the challenge of both Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia. Those two have won some of the biggest tournaments in golf and will not wilt under the pressure.
Can Fleetwood hold out? And, who will win this prestigious tournament?
Long Hitters Hold the Advantage at the Earth Course
The Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates was designed by Greg Norman and opened in 2009. It’s served as the host for the DP World Tour Championship ever since it was established on the European Tour.
At a shade over 7,800 yards, the first thing to note about the Earth Course is that it demands a certain amount of power. The advantage that the power hitters have is increased further by the wide fairways and it’s no surprise quality drivers like Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Henrik Stenson have won the DP World Tour Championship.
While they’re all strong, athletic players, none of them were able to simply overpower the Earth Course.
Their course knowledge meant they knew when to attack and when to settle for a par. They were especially careful when navigating the Earth Course’s closing stretch which has caught out many a player in the past.
Rose Can Go In Again
After winning the WGC HSBC Champions, Justin Rose hopped straight on a plane to Turkey and doubled his tally in as many weeks.
As well as giving his bank balance a boost, those wins gave Rose confidence that the hard work he’s been putting in lately is paying off.
Rose also narrowed the gap between himself and Fleetwood at the top of the Race to Dubai rankings and although it widened again after he took last week off, he can turn a very good season into a great one with victory at the Earth Course.
Rose has a very good record at this venue and holds the course record so he is very much the man the others have to get past at 13/2 with Sportingbet.
Hatton and Pieters Capable of Taking a Big Step Forwards
The future of the European Tour is under some doubt. Will it continue to attract the best players in the world? Will it become something of a developmental tour for the PGA Tour? Or, will it disappear altogether with the formation of a global league?
Whatever happens, it’s clear that those golfers who see their future at the very top of the game know they have to play at least a certain amount of golf on the PGA Tour.
That’s easier said than done. It takes a certain mentality to win in front of big crowds and for big money every week and players like Tyrrell Hatton and Thomas Pieters, impressive as they are, still have to prove themselves on those big stages.
? 2009: Westwood
? 2010: Karlsson
? 2011: Quiros
? 2012: McIlroy
? 2013: Stenson
? 2014: Stenson
? 2015: McIlroy
? 2016: Fitzpatrick
? 2017: pic.twitter.com/5EkPYjfttl
? 2009: Westwood
Both men have won European Tour events but a win at the DP World Tour Championship would represent a big step forward. They’ve both got the game for the Earth Course and Hatton finished second in this tournament 12 months ago.
So, back both Pieters at 40/1 with William Hill and Tyrrell Hatton at 16/1 with Betfred each-way.
Top Betting Offers
Justin Rose to win at 13/2 with Sportingbet
Tyrrell Hatton each-way at 16/1 with Betfred
Thomas Pieters each-way at 40/1 with William Hill