Last updated July 29th, 2017
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Dubai Desert Classic Odds – Outright Winner Betting
Dubai Desert Classic Betting 2017; Best odds bold; Each-Way Place Terms: 1/4 odds 1,2.
|Magnus A Carlsson||2000/1||1000/1||1000/1|
|Rafael Cabrera Bello||2000/1||1000/1||750/1|
Guide To Golf’s 2017 Dubai Desert Classic Odds & Tournament Betting Preview
The focus switches back to the European Tour this week and although the absence of Rory McIlroy has weakened the field for the Dubai Desert Classic, this is an iconic event and one which has drawn the best of the rest from Europe and beyond, writes Matt.
Naturally, the media sideshow will be focussing on Tiger Woods at the expense of all others but disregarding that, who is best placed to take the trophy on Sunday?
Players At The Head of The Dubai Desert Classic Odds Market
Last year’s Open Champion and the winner of the Race to Dubai is way in front here with Sweden’s Henrik Stenson enjoying a 13 point lead at the top of the market. Stenson is on offer at an industry best of 7/1 in the Dubai Desert Classic betting Odds with William Hill and Ladbrokes and is looking to claim a title that he last won back in 2007.
The 40 year old is usually reliable in desert conditions but faded badly at in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago after carding an opening 64. Naturally he has the credentials but at 7/1 looks just a little too short.
Second favourite Rafael Cabrera Bello can boast a more recent victory having taken out the Dubai Desert Classic in 2012 and he certainly offers value at a best of 20/1 with Bet365. A tied second behind Danny Willett last year makes the Spaniard even more tempting and, as he has the game for this course, I’d be considering at a top ten finish which is quoted at 2/1 with Stan James and BetVictor.
Another man who faded badly in Abu Dhabi is Tyrell Hatton who was blown away to an extent by his playing partner Dustin Johnson. With a breakthrough win at the Alfred Dunhill last year and two top ten finishes in the final majors, Hatton has shown he has the temperament to bounce back from that disappointment and I like the look of his 22/1 win price with BetVictor.
In Behind The Favourites in The Betting
This year’s defending champion Danny Willett went on to claim the Masters but has slipped away since and has done little in early 2017 to suggest a comeback this week. Willett is at 45/1 with BetFred and some happy memories may inspire a glimpse of his best. I believe the Englishman will, at some point, become a regular winner in Europe and 9/2 with Stan James for a top ten finish certainly isn’t the worst bet of the week.
Chris Wood is being talked up and is listed at that same 45/1 with SkyBet and Paddy Power but I’m keen on Lee Westwood this weekend. He has three second place finishes here, the last of which came in 2012. While his best golf may be behind him, good showings at the start of the year proves you can never write him off. Westwood is at an industry best of 33/1 in the outrights with Stan James and SkyBet or 7/2 for the top ten with Stan James again.
Dubai Desert Classic Outsiders To Consider
Let’s get Woods out of the way: there will be inevitable interest in Tiger at 50/1 for the win with Stan James, particularly as he is at 33/1 elsewhere, but his performance in missing the cut at the Farmers Open last week suggests you should not invest just yet.
At the same price of 50/1 are two quality, yet out of form players in Ross Fisher and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Fisher with SkyBet and Ladbrokes and Aphibarnrat with Bet365. Neither has any great history here but like Willett, they will find touch again at some point and are further candidates for the top ten market.
Dubai Course and Trends
The par 72, 7,319 yard Emirates Golf Club is one for the big hitters but in typically open desert conditions, wind should also be a factor. Look for length and accuracy therefore in amongst those names listed above.
Rory would have been a great candidate here, outdriving everyone when he won in 2015, but in his absence, Stenson is an obvious favourite. At a short 7/1 in the Dubai Desert Classic odds and with such a clear lead over the pack, I would prefer to look at Tyrell Hatton as an outside pick but my own money is going into the top ten markets.
Hatton at 9/4 with Stan James, Westwood at 7/2 with Stan James and Willett at 9/2 with Stan James are the selections for that bet and you can also add form horse Tommy Fleetwood at 10/3 with Paddy Power.