DP World Tour Championsip Two-Ball Tips: Determined Poulter to get the better of G-Mac
Betfair have exchange betting for every one of Thursday's two-balls as the Race to Dubai finale gets underway, so we asked golf enthusiasts Joe Dyer and Mike Norman to put their heads together and come up with four wagers for you to consider...
"Neither Louis Oosthuizen or Felipe Aguilar are bringing their top form to Dubai but the season-ending test clearly suits the South African former Open champion over Chile’s finest."
Peter Uihlein @ [1.9] to beat Matteo Manassero - 07:50 (Mike)
If distance from the tee is one of the main criteria for performing well at the Earth Course this week then Peter Uihlein holds a huge advantage over day one playing partner Matteo Manassero. There aren't many players in this week's reduced field who can send the ball out further than the American, and while his inexperience at this venue has to be a worry, his recent form is good enough to suggest he'll be fine. Uihlein recorded three top-five finishes in the space of four European Tour events prior to a few below par performances recently, and that's just as good, in fact far better, than what Manny has had to offer recently.
Ian Poulter @ [1.9] to beat Graeme McDowell - 08:30 (Mike)
One of the highlights of the golfing season for me came just a few weeks ago when Poulter, G-Mac and Dustin Johnson went head-to-head in the final round of WGC-HSBC Champions. Incredibly all three players shot 66 that day and while I expect the Englishman and the Irishman to have another closely-fought encounter, it takes a very brave man to bet against the former. True, this isn't matchplay, but Poulter is in his one v one state of mind, talking extremely positively, and has shown excellent form at this venue previously. I fully expect him to go low on day one in his attempt to win the Race to Dubai title.
Louis Oosthuizen @ [1.8] to beat Felipe Aguilar - 05:20 (Joe)
Neither Louis Oosthuizen or Felipe Aguilar are bringing their top form to Dubai but the season-ending test clearly suits the South African former Open champion over Chile's finest. Length off the tee is key at Jumeirah and Oosthuisen has an advantage of almost 15 yards over his opponent. The two-ball favourite has a worst finish of 13th in four appearances in Dubai (with a best of fifth in 2012) while Aguilar has played the event once and ended up 37th after four rounds.
Garth Mulroy @ [2.12] to beat Craig Lee - 04:10 (Joe)
Garth Mulroy is the second South African to make the Thursday's two-ball bets. In most departments Mulroy has the advantage over day one opponent, Craig Lee, our selection being longer off the tee, more accurate with his irons and averaging less putts per round. Recent form points to the 35-year-old edging out the Scot - Mulroy coming into the event on the back of consecutive top 20s.