Another top class field has been assembled for this week's Dubai Desert Classic, and with the Betfair Sportsbook paying out on seven places for each-way bets the team at betting.betfair have some juicy prices for you to consider...
"Alex Levy hits it a country mile off the tee and in his last two starts (both in the desert) he’s ranked fifth and seventh for greens hit. He looked in tip-top form in Abu Dhabi when finishing seventh on Sunday and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him improve on that effort this week."
*EW Terms: 1/5 Odds | 7 Places
Dave Tindall: Back Ross Fisher @ 28/1
When Ross Fisher shot 21-under and only finished runner-up at October's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, did he go into a sulk? No, he teed it up again in the following week's Italian Open and shot 20-under... and finished second again! The point of this tale, of course, is to show that he can stay hot for two weeks running and after firing another 20-under total at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship (yep, to finish as the bridesmaid once more), there's recent evidence to suggest that he'll flourish off the back of it rather than fade. The other obvious big plus is that, due to a scheduling change, we stay in the United Arab Emirates this week rather than head to much windier Qatar so, with plenty of factors remaining the same, Fisher should be relied upon to produce a repeat performance. The Englishman didn't finish outside the top 13 in his first five starts at this week's venue and has T26 and T20 in two of the last three years so, at the joint industry-best 28/1, Fisher can finally reel in his first European Tour trophy since 2014.
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Renato Paratore @ 150/1
While this event will probably be won by one of the top-ten or so market leaders, the seven places on offer mean plenty of each-way value among the outsiders. Renato Paratore made a cracking debut on this course, finishing 13th in 2015, just a few weeks after his 18th birthday. He fared respectably in mid-division on both subsequent visits and has some good recent form in the book after finishing seventh in South Africa a fortnight ago. The young Italian is clearly a top prospect, liable to impact this elite level one day. Power off the tee is a pre-requisite of success at the Emirates Course and Paratore is no slouch in that regard, averaging 302 yards off the tee over the past 12 months.
Steve Rawlings: Back Alex Levy @ 50/1
The recipe for success is quite simple at the Emirates Club in Dubai. Hit it long and find plenty of greens. Every player in the top-ten last year ranked inside the top-30 for Driving Distance and nine of the last 12 tournament winners have ranked inside the top-five for Greens In Regulation. Alex Levy hits it a country mile off the tee and in his last two starts (both in the desert) he's ranked fifth and seventh for greens hit. He looked in tip-top form in Abu Dhabi when finishing seventh on Sunday and I wouldn't be surprised to see him improve on that effort this week.
Joe Dyer: Back Alvaro Quiros @ 300/1
I'm playing the mega odds this week as the 300/1 on Alvaro Quiros simply looks too big to turn down, however unlikely the victory may seem. The Spaniard is a former winner on this course back in his pomp, but can also add two further top-10s to the Dubai Desert Classic ledger and the most recent of those came when he was playing his worst golf (2016). Indeed it was one of only seven cuts made in that season so we know that even a hugely out-of-form Quiros can play the course. The 35-year-old won this tournament back in 2011, a year in which he reached his highest world ranking of 21st, and has six other European Tour wins to his name, most recently in 2017 (but also including victories in Dubai and Qatar so can clearly play the desert game). A bomber with a sweet touch on the greens - Quiros was the leader in the putts per round category last week when finishing 61st in Abu Dhabi - my man surely has a better chance than those enormous odds suggest?
Mike Norman: Back Bernd Wiesberger @ 35/1
After a bright start to 2017 Bernd Wiesberger went off the boil last season, which can be expected for a player who has enjoyed tremendous early success in his career. He was no slouch by any means, but the brilliant Austrian wasn't churning out regular top-10 finishes as he was 12 months previous. He recently said that the near two-month break between seasons has freshened him up massively and that he feels back to his best, and there were certainly signs of that last week in Abu Dhabi as he recorded a top-15 finish. Twelve months ago he recorded his fourth top-four finish in five events in the Gulf, and he has plenty of form at the Emirates Golf Course - including back-to-back top 10 finishes a few years ago - to suggest he can go very well this week if his game really is coming back to its peak.
2018 Season P/L to date: -£120.00
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Matthew Fitzpatrick @ 40/1 PLACE (Steve)
- UBS Hong Kong Open, Paul Peterson @ 80/1 - PLACE (Paul)
* Total P/L for 2017 Season: -£336.17
* 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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