Viktor Hovland 7/4
Tommy Fleetwood 11/4
Matt Wallace 3/1
Nicolai Højgaard 14/1
Jeff Winther 18/1
Ewen Ferguson 25/1
Jon Rahm 25/1
Matthieu Pavon 60/1
Rasmus Højgaard 80/1
Thorbjørn Olesen 80/1
Jens Dantorp 100/1
Antoine Rozner 125/1
Thriston Lawrence 125/1
Min Woo Lee 150/1
Robert MacIntyre 250/1
Rory McIlroy 300/1
Victor Perez 300/1
Romain Langasque 750/1
Tom Kim 750/1
Julien Guerrier 1000/1
Dan Bradbury 1500/1
Matt Fitzpatrick 1500/1
Ryo Hisatsune 1500/1
Tyrrell Hatton 1500/1
The European Tour now moves to Dubai for the Tour Championship and final event of the year. This was the first Greg Norman designed track in Dubai along with sister course Fire at the Jumeirah Golf Estates which the Golf in Dubai Championship was played on last week. The Earth course is a very open layout with generous fairways and large sloping greens, so position is all-important.
Talk about bringing coals to Newcastle, or Sand to Dubai, which is exactly what has happened here. The bleached white sand in the fairway waste areas and bunkers was imported from North Carolina.
There really isn’t too much rough to worry about, but the players will have tricky recovery shots off the red wood chips if they do manage to miss these wide fairways.
The most challenging hole is the final hole, with its rock-lined stream meandering up the middle of its 620-yard fairway. The hole gently climbs to the huge and undulating green, a fitting crescendo to this 7706 yards track.
Jumeirah Golf Estates have overseeded the tees, fairways and rough on the Earth course with ryegrass, offering greater contrast and definition to the brilliant white bunkers and barkmulched landscape areas. The course will prove to be a tougher test this year for the players than in 2009 and 2010, with more of a premium being placed on finding the fairways with tee shots.
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Having only played in this event twice it is hard to gauge how much Viktor Hovland 6/1 with UniBet likes this course but he did have a third-place finish in his first start and followed that up two-years later with a Top 25 last year. But, Viktor finished the PGA Tour season in fantastic style winning the Tour Championship after winning the week before at the BMW Championship and followed that up by being Europes third highest points scorer at the Ryder Cup
Another player with an impressive record over the Earth course is Matt Fitzpatrick 14/1 with UniBet who has two wins, a runner-up and two other Top 5 finishes from his eight starts and in fact has only finished outside the Top 15 once
Having only been outside the Top 25 three times in his last eleven starts, which includes a win and three Tops 10s I feel Ryo Hisatsune 66/1 with LiveScoreBet comes into this week slightly under the radar. This maybe his first time teeing it up in the World Tour Championship, but I can see him being right in the thick of the battle come Sunday
I am going to stick with Jorge Campillo 100/1 with LiveScoreBet again this week and he has three Top 20 finishes from his last three starts including a runner-up at the Qatar Masters. Jorge has two Top 10 finishes from his five starts in this event, but I think he arrives this week a more confident player than he has done before
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