Abu Dhabi Championships

 The Big Dogs:

Rory McIlroy 4/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £70

Needless to say, this being the first locking of horns between Spieth and McIilroy, they are getting all of the attention and as such the odds are short. We feel compelled to back one or the other even though returns are relatively low. Given Rory’s course form, his colossal power off the tee and the fact the Spieth hasn’t played Abu Dhabi before we’re going for Rory to edge it and needless to say if he beats Spieth he’s unlikely to be outside the top 5, if indeed he doesn’t come away with the title.

The Contenders:

Ricky Fowler 14/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £195

Very much the spare wheel of his 3 ball for the opening 2 rounds, Fowler will be determined to show them that he’s a big time player and ready to mix it in 2016. Fowler had a decent year on the sly in 2015, winning nearly $6 million on the PGA tour including wins at The Players and the Deutsche Bank. You get the feeling that it’s make or break this year for Fowler, so why not start here ……… he needs to play well to justify those crazy high-tops he’s been sporting!

Martin Kaymer 18/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential returns £245

He loves this golf course, and for 3 rounds last year, looked untouchable. As a previous winner, we fancy that he’ll be confident coming into it, and with all the limelight on the big 3 playing together, Kaymer could get off to a flyer. When he gets in front he’s (usually) pretty clinical. Look out for an opening round in the mid 60’s.

Brandon Grace 20/1 – Stake £5 e/w Potential return £135

This man has started the season in good form, following a really hot summer in which he very nearly bagged the US Open. He loves this time of year, and almost always makes the most of a run of good form by picking up wins when he gets the chance. With 6 European Tour wins to his name, he’s one to keep an eye on. Likely to get an each way return.

Danny Willett 35/1 – Stake £5 e/w Potential returns £228.25

Now established as one of the best European players, Willett will be looking to impose himself on the games best players this year. He’s likely to make the Ryder Cup team this year, and has sufficient swagger to perform when he’s in amongst it. Hit’s the ball a country mile, which coupled with his confidence should be a good recipe for success here.

Andy Sullivan 50/1 – Stake £5 e/w Potential returns £322.50

Had his breakthrough year in 2015 and is another likely member of the European Ryder Cup team this year. We think that as he is playing with Captain Darren Clarke, he will be looking to show him first hand why he should be in that team. He’s had a slowish start to the year, but as he proved last year, he can explode into red-hot form from nowhere.

One to Watch:

Marcu Kinhult 200/1 – Stake £5 e/w Potential returns £1260

Most people will be unfamiliar with this 19 year old Swede is destined for great things. Having topped the World Amateur Golf Rankings, he led the Nordea Masters after 2 rounds and is no stranger to shooting crazy low scores. This week may be a bit early for him, but it won’t be too long before we are marveling at once being able to get 200/1 on this kid.

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