Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship 2017 Tips

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Thomas Pieters (ew)Tournament Winner25/1Bet365
Tyrrell Hatton (ew)Tournament Winner30/1Betfred
Rafa Cabrera-Bello (ew)Tournament Winner25/1Paddy Power

Venue

The Abu Dhabi Golf Club has been hosting this event since 2005 and the 7,600-yard layout has proved profitable for the big name, big hitters – Martin Kaymer has won three times, while Paul Casey has lifted the trophy twice. The course features lush fairways, 7 lakes and 90 bunkers, with generous greens providing some balance to those obstacles. Rickie Fowler is defending champion – he held off strong challenges from Thomas Pieters, Henrik Stenson and Rory McIlroy to win by one shot last year.

Favourites

Three of the world’s top four players had be due to play, but the withdrawal of Rory McIlroy due to injury has forced a major reshuffle of the market. McIlroy, a four-time runner-up in this event, had been the 9/2 market leader, but that honour now goes to Dustin Johnson, who will be making his first appearance, at 6/1 with both Sky Bet and BetVictor. Stenson’s record here is mixed and he is the second favourite at 7/1 with the same bookmakers. Last year’s winner Fowler is now a 12/1 shot at Sky Bet, having originally been chalked up at 16s, while Swede Alex Noren, who ended 2016 in outstanding form, is rated the best of the rest at 22/1 with Bet365 and BetVictor.

Tips

We’re looking to the group of players just behind the market leaders who may well represent each-way value this week – starting off with one of last year’s runners-up.

Thomas-PietersTHOMAS PIETERS looks to have a big year ahead of him. The Belgian, who was also fourth on his second appearance at this venue in 2015, will be looking to make an impact after his very impressive Ryder Cup debut for Europe in September. With an average driving distance in excess of 300 yards and a deft touch around the greens, his game looks made for this course and his previous appearances back up that assertion. Back him at 25/1.

Tyrrell-HattonWith victory at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and then his runners-up finish at the season-ending Tour Championship, TYRRELL HATTON will be confident at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he had top 10s in both 2014 and 2015. It’s never easy to come back after the Christmas and New Year break and pick up where you left off – but Hatton is a man whose career is on an upwards trajectory and he can be backed at 30/1 with Betfred.

Rafa-Cabrera-BelloRAFA CABRERA-BELLO showed great consistency in 2016, making the cut on every European Tour appearance. The Spaniard ended his year as runner-up at the Hong Kong Open – and he’ll be hoping that sets the tone for another solid season, as he attempts to build on a career-best rank of 8th on the Race to Dubai. He’s played here 8 times, with a best finish of fourth in 2014, and he was just outside the top 10 this time last year. Paddy Power offer 25/1 and 7 places.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Thomas Pieters (ew)Tournament Winner25/1Bet365
Tyrrell Hatton (ew)Tournament Winner30/1Betfred
Rafa Cabrera-Bello (ew)Tournament Winner25/1Paddy Power