Dubai Desert Classic

Not quite the stellar field of two weeks ago, but still pretty impressive, led by the presence of Rory McIlroy. We’re looking at a combination of desert specialists and form horses, with a couple of longer punts thrown in there for good measure. If we’re honest, we’d be stunned if Rory doesn’t win this week and perhaps that’s why we are looking toward some good each way value to bring us home a good return.

The Extra Flutter

McIlroy & Watson to win 39/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential returns £445
With two pretty heavy favourites heading into each of this week’s big events, we fancy a sneaky double on them both backing up their favourite’s status. It all but a given that Rory will finish in the top 5, and if he putts well he’ll win. Bubba is a hot favourite too, and given that backing them on their own outright has little value, why not go for the old double-dangler?

The value runners:

Thomas Pieters 33/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £432.50
Pieters form has been red-hot of late, narrowly missing out to Fowler in Abu Dhabi. Last week’s poor showing can be put down to a sickness that he was battling all week. Though he doesn’t necessarily have the course form to back up our excitement, we think he’s going to push on from an encouraging campaign last year and his game really does suit the layout here.

Berndt Wiesberger 33/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £432.50
The big Austrian can now be considered a global player and as such is now starting to pick his events. With this in mind, he’s likely to contend more regularly. He likes the course and he’s playing nicely.

Andy Sullivan 33/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £432.50
We backed him a couple of weeks back, and for 53 holes he looked to have been an inspired choice. A lesser golfer may struggle to get himself back in the mix after such a traumatic experience, but we reckon he is a class act and will back up his good finish last year with another to help cement his status as a likely Ryder Cup Debutant. Having run Rory close at the end of last season, Sullivan will have the experience of going toe-to-toe with the game’s heavyweight player.

Robert Rock 80/1 – Stake £5 e/w Potential return £510
We like Bobby. He’s got nice hair and he’s a bit of a lad! He’s also come back to form and is on a bit of a run as he returns to the scene of his greatest day. We feel sure that he’ll be in amongst it and at these odds it’s worth wading in.

The Outsiders:

Gregory Bourdy 100/1 – Stake £5 e/w Potential returns £635
Multiple winner on tour, played well tee-to-green last week only to be let down by his putter, but that may have been down to the treacle-like greens. He’s good on the Dubai greens as the stats for his last 3 visits have shown that he is one of the best performers on these sometime tricky greens. If he can add confidence on the greens to his superb iron play (85% GIR last week – led the field) then he’ll make these odds look like lunacy!

Ernie Els 150/1 – Stake £5 e/w Potential returns £947.50
We know what you’re thinking, and we hear you. His putting has resembled a man wrestling a snake of late, and has subsequently become a youtube sensation. But hear this: he holed everything from 5 feet and in last week, loves this course (3 wins) and is still capable of some superb golf. He’ll win again, so why not at a venue that he has a proven record?

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