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The desert swing of the European Tour heads to Saudi Arabia and the Red Sea on its west coast, teeing up at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club that has had a bit of a stop start history. Designer Dave Sampson started the project back in 2008 when sixteen of the holes where shaped but with the global recession hitting hard that year development was stopped.
Work recommenced in 2014 and the course and clubhouse with its fantastic panoramic view of the Red Sea finally opened for play at the end of 2017. I think we can expect low scoring this week with the course coming in at 6900-yard from the tips, but strategy will play a bit part with the numerous wadi features meander through the course.
The wadi’s are there to help alleviate storm drainage from the golf course and the residential neighbourhoods with each wadi running into one of four salt water lakes and have been aesthetically incorporated into the design of the course.
As you can image with the Red Sea and the juxtaposed position of lush grass against the stark desert the course offers some wonderful holes and stunning beauty none more so than the Par 3, 16th which runs along the shore of the Red Sea.
Other holes to look out for are the 470-yard 6th, which is the longest and toughest par four on the card, which doglegs left to the green and the 427-yard 15th another dogleg left hole that’s situated close to the beach. Both nines finish with a par 5 with water running down the left of the 18th and is a fitting finally to a stunning course.
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My tips to Win:
This week’s defending champion is Dustin Johnson 8/1 – with SpreadEx – who has only teed it up once so far this year in the Tournament of Champions where he had another Top 10 to add to his list of good finishes in that event. The reason I mention that is because Dustin fits into that category of horses for courses analogy and with that in mind and wanting to put in a good defence of his title he will be the man to beat this week.
I think Thursday can’t come quick enough for Victor Perez 22/1 – with SportingBet – after his final round meltdown at the Dubai Desert Classic where he plummeted down the leaderboard, especially after challenging the week before in Abu Dhabi where he had a runner-up finish. I can’t see one bad round of golf affecting Victor and with his Top 15 finish here last year I believe he will be challenging this week.
After missing the cut two-weeks ago in Abu Dhabi Tom Lewis 33/1 – with Ladbrokes – came back with a bang at the weekend with a third-place finish in Dubai. I feel this couldn’t be a better time for Tom to becoming back into form after his third-place finish in this event last year shooting a 62 along the way and a final round of 65.
I am going to be sticking with Robert Macintyre 33/1 – with UniBet – this week after his final round 72 in Dubai see him move up the leaderboard five places and into the Top 10. Sunday was a tough day at the Desert Classic and after opening with a 74 the lad from Oban, Scotland played some solid golf to firstly make the cut in his first event of the year and then move up the leaderboard and I think that sets him up well to challenge this week.
Joost Luiten 60/1 – with BetFred – has played some solid golf over the last couple of weeks but has not challenged, but there was an improvement in Dubai where he shot three rounds in the red compared to none in Abu Dhabi the week before. Joost had a sixth-place finish here last year when he opened with a 66 and closed with 63 which moved him up the learderboard twenty-one places.
I am still waiting for Gavin Green 80/1 – with BetFred – to show his true colours on the European Tour, he does have four professional wins and had a great amateur career. I do feel Gavin will do well this year and after three starts he has two Top 25 – including a Top 15 – and finished twenty-seventh in last week’s Dubai Desert Classic and I think these are good odds.
Try Ryan Fox 125/1 – with SpreadEX
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