Omega Dubai Desert Classic Betting Tips – 25th January 2018
Tommy Fleetwood rose to the top of a very strong field in Abu Dhabi last week to get his year off to the perfect start. The Englishman proved that last season was no fluke by beating some of the best players in the world and he’s trying it again this week in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
With so many quality players making the one hour drive from Abu Dhabi to Dubai and Emirates Golf Club and yet more jetting in from all over the world, this presents a tough betting puzzle.
So, let’s have a look at what it will take to win, starting by analysing the course.
Bombers and Wind Specialists to Thrive
The Omega Dubai Desert Classic was the European Tour’s first event in the Middle East back in 1989. For almost every year since, it’s been contested on the Majlis course at Emirates Golf Club and plenty of stats have been captured over the years.
The first thing to note is that this is a long golf course at 7,328 yards. It requires a certain amount of power to navigate the layout and driving distance has only become more important as time’s gone on.
To compound that, the rough is far from punishing so accuracy off the tee is almost not worth bothering about. It’s all about bombing it at Emirates GC.
As well as big hitters, proponents of links golf tend to do well at the Majlis course. That’s because they have the control over their ball flight to cope with the desert winds which significantly affect scoring on this exposed layout.
Garcia Ready to Defend
After a highly impressive third place on his return from injury at Abu Dhabi, Rory McIlroy is the bookies’ favourite for the Dubai Desert Classic.
A two-time winner of this event, McIlroy is sure to be a major factor this week but defending champion, Sergio Garcia, represents better value at 9/1 with Betfred.
Not only is Garcia proven at this venue but he arrives in Dubai on the back of a commanding win in the Singapore Open.
He’s up against a more talented field this week but Garcia has played some of the golf of his life in the last 12 months and his hot streak can continue in Dubai.
Two of Last Week’s Nearly Men to Challenge Again
It was a case of what could have been for both Matt Fitzpatrick and Ross Fisher in Abu Dhabi.
Both men had a chance to win the event but just couldn’t do enough on Sunday. In the end Fisher finished second to Fleetwood by two shots and Fitzpatrick was a further two shots away in third.
When they take time to reflect on last week, both Englishmen will, for the most part, be happy with their performance levels and confident of even better in Dubai.
This is a tough tournament to win but Fitzpatrick (9/2 with Betway) and Fisher (6/1 with Boylesports) are both good shouts to finish in the top five.
Two Tempting Each-Way Selections
Alex Levy, has more reason than most to want a place in Europe’s Ryder Cup team. The Frenchman is desperate to play in his first Ryder Cup in Paris and the early signs are positive about his chances of making the team.
Levy was on Europe’s victorious EurAsia Cup team and played some very good golf in Abu Dhabi last week. With calm conditions forecast, Levy can let rip this week and go close at 50/1 with Ladbrokes.
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The other each-way shout is Scott Hend at 150/1 with BetVictor.
Hend is one of the best drivers in the game and has won all over the world. Triple figures is too big to ignore about the Aussie’s chances.