The DP World Tour Championship preview with Skeeter McGillicuddy
Over to Dubai for a look this week at what is the premium event on any tour.
Rory headlines after pulling out of Turkey two weeks ago over security fears, not bothering with the Nedbank last week, and thus relinquishing almost any chance he had of the Fed Ex / Race To Dubai double. Hot on his heels for favouritism is Stenson with these two having shared this event for the last four years with two a piece. So no surprise at 3/1 and 6/1 respectively they take nearly 40% out of the market.
Rory is clearly the best player on the planet generally and in this case specifically with his awesome playoffs win. He also rather likes it around here and has been working on his game while he skipped the last two events. Is he a 3/1 shot? That price could look huge at some point but it will never flesh out the golfing betting bank so despite his screamingly obvious credentials we will pass over Rory – and Henrik based on price as well.
Victor Dubuisson 1pt e/w @ $46
Scott Hend: 1pt e/w @ $126
Victor Dubuisson has had no sort of time in 2016. Last week however he burst back into life. His tied 3rd at the Nedbank was his second good result at that event – this season. It’s a curious thing that there have been two Nedbanks this season but Victor isn’t complaining. The stats he has posted this year illustrate his poor form. In almost all key categories he is worse off than last year and he hasn’t putted as badly since 2011. Like the Nebank results Dubuisson has another distinction of winning the same tournament twice – in his case the Turkish Airlines Open. He failed to set the world on fire there two weeks ago but it was a respectable result and when coupled with last weeks tied 3rd indicates a return to form. Better he has some form around here with a tied 13th last year, a tied 2nd in 2014 (preceded by another strong showing in the Turkish Airlines Open) and a 3rd in 2013 (won the Turkish!). Clearly he likes these end of season jollies and the middle east in general. It all looks to have come together nicely for him after a wretched season. Any repeat of his form last week and he’s in contention.
Scott Hend the big hitting Aussie has been on the go for five consecutive weeks. He must be loving it. Hend is 25th in the Race to Dubai and ranked 63rd in the world. He has also secured his biggest ever European Tour prize in 2016 for a runners up finish and posted a win in Thailand. Yes he shot 80 on Sunday at the Nedbank but if we forgive him that aberration he does seem a man who’s having the best season of his life and who but for nerves could have won twice in September. This is a different level and he’s covered some miles this season (as ever) but he can go low. His stats support his underling form, 300 + off the tee, 68.54% of greens and 1.76 putts per green in regulation. But for the odd blowout his scoring average would be significantly better. He’s a speculative wager but at 130/1 he appeals.