Abu Dhabi Championship 2017: Each-way tips for the first leg of the Desert Swing

Is Jeunghun Wang value this week?
Is Jeunghun Wang value this week?

A fantastic field has assembled in the United Arab Emirates for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and our golf team will be backing the following quintet in search of a first return of 2017 for the each-way column...

"Martin Kaymer has already won this tournament three times so it's patently obvious that the venue suits his eye perfectly and he's worth chancing at an industry wide best price of 30/1."

Steve Rawlings: Back Martin Kaymer @ 30/1

*Each-way 1/4 odds, 5 places


Dan Geraghty: Back Ryan Fox @ 150/1

Ryan Fox is a name to look out for on the European Tour this year, he'll no doubt make an impact near the top of leaderboards and if this week is anything to go by, he'll do so at a juicy price. Fox spent the majority of last year on the Challenge Tour where he finished fourth in the season long Road to Oman having played only 13 tournaments. The huge hitters' season also included a trip to the Olympic games where he represented New Zealand; and he finished the year in fine style, with a pair of top 10's in the two biggest events in Australia (Open, PGA). Road to Oman winner Jordan Smith showed the Challenge Tour graduates in a good light last week, I'm expecting more of the same from Fox.


Paul Krishnamurty: Back Jeunghun Wang @ 100/1

Given his outstanding rookie European Tour campaign, Jeunghun Wang looks well over-priced in triple figures. High pedigree youngsters have often gone well in Abu Dhabi and the 21-year-old South Korean certainly fits that description. After bursting onto the European Tour scene with back-to-back titles in May, Wang reaffirmed that potential at the end of the season with second place in the Nedbank. Seventeenth in the elite DP World Tour Championship, closing with 65/66, also bodes well for these Gulf events. Good putting is essential on these fast greens and Wang is no slouch in that regard, ranking 14th amongst these over the past year.


Joe Dyer: Back Byeong Hun An @ 30/1

It's been tough to whittle my selections down to one man with plenty of contenders at a range of prices - including 150/1 Stephen Gallacher in his 500th European Tour event - but I have to give Byeong Hun An another spin in a desert event. The South Korean has three top-fives and no finish worse than 13th in six appearances across the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, Dubai Desert Classic and DP World Tour Championship. He can play the game in this part of the world. An's long, clean driving and deadly accuracy from the fairways will stand him in good stead in this event and I am hopeful he can repeat or better last year's fifth place.


Steve Rawlings: Back Martin Kaymer @ 30/1

I'm convinced that Martin Kaymer's incredible collapse here two years ago, when he lost a ten-stroke lead in round four, has had a detrimental long term effect on his career. The two-time major champ is more than capable of banishing those haunting memories with a victory sooner rather than later though and why not here at the scene of the crime? He's already won this tournament three times so it's patently obvious that the venue suits his eye perfectly and he's worth chancing at an industry wide best price of 30/1.

You can read Steve's comprehensive Abu Dhabi Championship 2017 Betting Preview behind the link.


Mike Norman: Back Tyrrell Hatton @ 28/1

If pushed to name a player who could make a real breakthrough and win a major this year then Tyrrell Hatton would be high on my list. The young Englishman is up to world number 23 after a stunning second half of 2016 that included a top five finish at the Open Championship, victory in the Alfred Dunhill Links, and a second place finish in the season-ending World Tour Championship in Dubai where he arguably should have won. That latter performance was on a desert track, which augers well for this week, but it's by no means Hatton's only form in the desert. The 25-year-old has previously finished in the top 10 at the Dubai Desert Classic (2016), and he commenced recent seasons with consecutive top 10 finishes (2014 & 2015) in this very tournament, so we know he goes well here at Abu Dhabi GC. He's a much better player now than he was back then, thanks largely to a more controlled temperament, so hopes are very high that he can start 2017 with a top five finish at least.


2017 Season P/L to date: -£30.00

- Alfred Dunhill Championship, Thomas Detry @ 66/1 - PLACE (Dan)
- Alfred Dunhill Championship, Richard Sterne @ 22/1 - PLACE (Paul)

* Total P/L for 2016 Season: +£267.58
* Total P/L for 2015 Season: +£958.37
* Total P/L for 2014 Season: +£251.75

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