The Race to Dubai is nearly run with the European Tour's finest lined up for one final tournament before the 2019 champion is named and the following five players will be carrying the Betair golf team's cash!
"Lee Westwood was the inaugural winner of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, demolishing the field by six shots in one of his finest ever victories. He's been third and fifth since while adding top 20s in two of the last three years, with tied 13th in 2016 and tied 20th last year."
Dave Tindall: Back Lee Westwood @ 50/1
EW Terms: 1/5 Odds | 7 Places
Dave Tindall: Back Lee Westwood @ 50/1
Lee Westwood was the inaugural winner of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, demolishing the field by six shots in one of his finest ever victories. He's been third and fifth since while adding top 20s in two of the last three years, with tied 13th in 2016 and tied 20th last year. It's worth noting though that Westwood was in the top five after 54 holes in both 2016 and 2018 so we're extremely used to seeing him on the leaderboard at the European Tour's season closer. After a lull since his impressive top four at Royal Portrush, the veteran has bounced back to form nicely in the last couple of weeks with tied 10th at the Turkish Airlines Open and tied sixth at the Nedbank Golf Challenge. He won the latter 12 months ago to underline that there are certain courses on which he still excels. With his short game in good nick, the 50/1 looks a nice price.
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Marcus Kinhult @ 50/1
In his two years on the European Tour, Marcus Kinhult has emerged as a player with tremendous promise, who has a habit of turning up at the big events. The British Masters champion nearly landed his best win yet at the weekend - losing a play-off in his sixth top-20 finish from eight starts - and is fancied to maintain something like that level of form in the season finale. Kinhult has really caught the eye in tournaments where a combination of power off the tee and good putting are pre-requisites of success, such as the Qatar Masters and Portugal Masters. Those skills - along with par-five performance, for which the Swede ranks eighth over the past year among this elite field - are precisely what is required around the Earth Course.
Steve Rawlings: Back Jon Rahm @ 13/2
Disregarding majors and WGC events, Jon Rahm, who plays the majority of his golf on the PGA Tour, has played in just 14 ordinary European Tour events to date and his form figures, reading 10-1-15-MC-1-1-5-4-4-2-1-2-MC-1, are quite simply astonishing. He was a 3/1 chance when successfully defending his Open de Espana title last time out and he's a cracking each-way bet here at 13/2 with seven places up for grabs. He won here on debut two years ago before finishing fourth when defending 12 months ago and it's really difficult to see him not contending again at a course that suits his power game perfectly.
Joe Dyer: Back Joost Luiten @ 55/1
My first return for the column this year came thanks to a Joost Luiten effort in the Middle East and I'll return to the Dutchman for another tilt at a decent win. After an injury-hit campaign Luiten has enjoyed a very solid year which began with that third in Abu Dhabi, a nice hint to a good week in Dubai. That result represents the 33-year-old's best result of the campaign, both in terms of finishing position and financial return, but there are numerous other top 10s to point to throughout the campaign including last week. Luiten features heavily on Andy Swales' desert golf guide and his last win came in Oman and putting it all together the 55/1 with seven places paid is good enough for me.
Mike Norman: Back Francesco Molinari @ 40/1
Last year's Race to Dubai winner Francesco Molinari is well and truly out of the running to defend his crown this year following a very average summer and autumn by his own exceptionally high standards. But the Italian - last year's Open Champion and fifth in this year's Masters let us not forget - is one of a number of course specialists in this week's field and I'm happy to very much take the view that form is temporary, class is permanent. Not that Molly has been in dreadful form mind. He's a winner this season, is ranked 13th in the world rankings, and has recorded top 25 finishes in 50% of the tournaments he's played in since the summer, including a T11 at the Open Championship. Molinari rarely plays desert golf these days but always turns up at this event, and from his last nine starts at the Earth Course has finished T17 or higher in seven of them, including four finishes inside the top six. While some of the big guns do battle to become Europe's number one golfer of the season, pressure-free Molinari might just hit top form and finally grab a win in this money-spinning event.
2019 Season P/L to date: -£526.55
- Turkish Airlines Open, Robert McIntyre @ 25/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- WGC HSBC Champions, Matthew Fitzpatrick @ 40/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Portugal Masters, Chris Paisley @ 35/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Open de France, Richie Ramsay @ 66/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Alfred Dunhill Links, Joakim Lagergren @ 100/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- BMW PGA Championship, Rafa Cabrera-Bello @ 50/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- Omega European Masters, Matthias Schwab @ 80/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Scandinavian Invitational, Alex Levy @ 70/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Scottish Open, Andrea Pavan @ 110/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- BMW International Open, Jordan Smith @ 28/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- US Open, Gary Woodland @ 70/1 - WIN (Dave)
- Made In Denmark, Pablo Larrazabal @ 80/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- USPGA Championship, Brooks Koepka @ 11/1 - WIN (Steve)
- Volvo China Open, David Lipsky @ 33/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- WGC Dell Match Play, Matt Kuchar @ 40/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- WGC Mexico Championship, Cameron Smith @ 60-1 - PLACE (Paul)
- WGC Mexico Championship, Paul Casey @ 35/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- World Super 6, Scott Vincent @ 80/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- World Super 6, Paul Dunne @ 50/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Joost Luiten @ 80/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Mauritius Open, Justin Harding @ 30/1 - PLACE (Dave)
*2018 P/L: +£727.16
*2017 P/L: -£306.84
*2016 P/L: +£267.58
*2015 P/L: +£958.37
*2014 P/L: +£251.75