Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship 2016 Tips

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Byeong Hun An (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Bet365
Bernd Wiesberger (ew)Tournament Winner55/1Bet365
George Coetzee (ew)Tournament Winner66/1Bet365

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, with Martin Kaymer a three-time winner and Paul Casey lifting the trophy twice. The course features lush fairways, seven lakes and 90 bunkers, with generous greens providing some balance to those obstacles. The defending champion is Gary Stal, who earned a surprise victory last year when he held off a strong challenge from Rory McIlroy, a four-time runner-up at this venue.

Favourites

McIlroy is the 9/2 co-favourite (Coral) as he returns to have another crack at a title which has somehow eluded him and he is joined in a competitive field by many of the world’s top players including Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Kaymer and Rickie Fowler. Rising stars Danny Willett, Andy Sullivan and Matthew Fitzpatrick are also in attendance while the names of Ernie Els, Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood provide an added attraction. Spieth is 9/2 with most firms, BetVictor price Fowler at 16/1 and Kaymer, already well-backed, is now 20/1. It’s a measure of how much of a surprise Stal’s victory was a year ago that he’s a 200/1 shot for a successful defence.

Tips

BYEONG HUN ANSouth Korea’s BYEONG HUN AN finished 2015 on a high with a run of three top five finishes in the Race to Dubai series, including at the World Tour Championship. It capped a season in which he won his first European Tour title at the BMW PGA Championship  – but there were signs of his talent earlier in the year including here, where he finished just outside the top 10 having been let down by a second round of 75. Bet365 offer best odds of 33/1.

Bernd WiesbergerBERND WIESBERGER is one of the European Tour’s most consistent players and will hope to recreate his superb start to 2015, which included a share of sixth place at this event and top fives at the next three. The winner of July’s Open de France has had a couple of failures here in the last four years too, but he also finished 21st in 2013. He is able to generate plenty of distance off the tee and should be well suited to this layout.

GEORGE COETZEELast year brought mixed fortunes for GEORGE COETZEE, who won the Tshwane Open and Mauritius Open titles, earned a top 10 finish at the US PGA Championship but then broke his ankle. The 29-year-old South African with a booming drive is now fit again and was just outside the top 10 at last week’s Joburg Open, which should prove good preparation for his return to an event he has always enjoyed, with three top 10s in his four appearances here.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Byeong Hun An (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Bet365
Bernd Wiesberger (ew)Tournament Winner55/1Bet365
George Coetzee (ew)Tournament Winner66/1Bet365