Dubai Desert Classic 2016 Tips

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Andy Sullivan (ew)Tournament Winner45/1Stan James
Joost Luiten (ew)Tournament Winner45/1BetfredLadbrokes
Thorbjorn Olesen (ew)Tournament Winner45/1Stan James
Stephen Gallacher (ew)Tournament Winner100/1Stan James

Venue

Built in and around the sand dunes at the Emirates Golf Club, the 7,301-yard Majlis course is regarded as a tough but fair test and has attracted a host of star names to Dubai. Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Henrik Stenson are among the former champions here, while Rory McIlroy lifted the trophy for the second time 12 months ago. Another two-time champion is Stephen Gallacher, who has finished in the top three in each of the last four editions.

Favourites

McIlroy is a short-priced favourite as he returns to defend his title, at no bigger than the 11/4 on offer from Stan James. Stenson, whose victory here was back in 2007, is at 10/1 with Bet365, LadbrokesCoral and William Hill and beyond that there is a big leap to Martin Kaymer at 25s. Louis Oosthuizen and the in-form duo of Byeong-Hun An and Rafa Cabrera-Bello are also among the frontrunners.

Tips

Andy_SullivanDespite a promising start, ANDY SULLIVAN was unable to keep things going on his last appearance in Abu Dhabi a fortnight ago, but the man who pushed McIlroy all the way the last time the Tour came to Dubai back in November should be a serious contender again this week. Sullivan was one of the stars of the European Tour in 2015, including a top 5 finish at the Emirates Club. You have to feel that Stan James‘ price of 45/1 is wrong.

Joost_LuitenJOOST LUITEN has often been referred to as the “Dutch Birdie Machine” and when he gets his putter going the results can be spectacular. There’s no doubting his talent – he’s a four-time winner on the European Tour – but he did not enjoy the best of form in 2015. However, he has started the new season on a high with results of 5-5-13, playing three events to a total of 26-under. He can maintain that purple patch this week at 45/1.

Thorbjorn OlesenTHORBJORN OLESEN was back on song last week, claiming a share of second place at the Qatar Masters and the winner of October’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship can get in the mix once again at the Emirates Club, where he has enjoyed plenty of success in the past. Also at 45/1 this week, the Dane was in poor form when he missed the cut here 12 months ago, but before that he recorded back-to-back top fives on this track.

Stephen-GallacherFinally, despite his poor performances in the last fortnight it’s impossible to ignore STEPHEN GALLACHER at this tournament, where his run of results reads 10-2-1-1-3, especially when he’s available at odds of 100/1 with Stan James (various bookmakers have him at 50/1). Gallacher has played this course to a total of 71-under-par in the last four years – to put that in perspective, Rory McIlroy is 54-under for his last 16 rounds here.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Andy Sullivan (ew)Tournament Winner45/1Stan James
Joost Luiten (ew)Tournament Winner45/1Betfred, Ladbrokes
Thorbjorn Olesen (ew)Tournament Winner45/1Stan James
Stephen Gallacher (ew)Tournament Winner100/1Stan James