It's the final leg of the Desert Swing and the BB golf team are once again in search of each-way returns with a quintet to follow.
"Erratic, temperamental, often wild off the tee and basically unreliable, Victor Dubuisson nevertheless remains a world-class player, capable of living with the very best in the top events. Indeed if he could reduce those negatives, he would be nowhere near the 50/1 available this week on a course that, whatever his record, must suit his talents."
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Victor Dubuisson @ 50/1
*Each-way 1/4 odds, 5 places
Dan Geraghty: Back Curtis Luck @ 150/1
Last year's US Amateur champion Curtis Luck showcased his talent on his first 2017 start at the Abu Dhabi Championship, shooting a best-of-the-day second round 65. The man-bunned boy wonder has put off turning pro to enable him to accept the Masters invite that comes with his US Amateur victory, however, amateur status hasn't stopped him entering the winners enclosure. Luck won the WA Open on the PGA Tour of Australasia in May and has what it takes to become the fourth amateur winner in European Tour history; the last man to achieve the feat was Shane Lowry at 2009's Irish Open.
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Victor Dubuisson @ 50/1
Erratic, temperamental, often wild off the tee and basically unreliable, Victor Dubuisson nevertheless remains a world-class player, capable of living with the very best in the top events. Indeed if he could reduce those negatives, he would be nowhere near the 50/1 available this week on a course that, whatever his record, must suit his talents. The key at the Emirates Course is power off the tee and overwhelming the par-fives. Victor has shown at a number of venues that he has few equals in that regard and, apart from this course, his record in the Gulf is excellent, particularly at the elite DP World Tour Championship. Fourth in last November's renewal there was the last time we saw Dubuisson and it is a concern that he pulled out of Abu Dhabi for a 'medical reason'. Nevertheless at these odds I'll take a chance that the Frenchman is ready for this seasonal debut.
Joe Dyer: Back Chris Wood @ 45/1
Chris Wood is a Ryder Cup level golfer and three-time European Tour winner and I'm happy to play him this week at 45/1. It's a very good field in Dubai, though perhaps not as strong as Abu Dhabi two weeks ago where Wood missed the cut there in his season-opener. My man but showed himself to be in decent nick straightaway with a tie for 11th in Qatar last week and past form at this event is good with eighth place in 2016 his best result yet - to which he can add a 10th place and two further top 20s. As a former Qatar Masters winner we know he can play desert golf and, all in all, I think there's enough in the price to warrant a bet...though I wish we'd gone live on Monday when he was 50/1!
Steve Rawlings: Back Tommy Fleetwood @ 40/1
Having won his first event in over three years, it was no surprise to see Southport's Tommy Fleetwood miss the cut in Qatar last week, just days after his quite brilliant success in Abu Dhabi and I'm more than happy to ignore that performance. Fleetwood found the putting surfaces over 90% of the time in Abu Dhabi to rank first for Greens In Regulation - the key stat required here - and having grown up playing links golf, Fleetwood has just the right game to cope with the forecasted windy conditions on this exposed layout. Provided he manages to refocus after the inevitable well-earned celebrations he can be a real force to be reckoned with again this week at an industry-wide best price of 40/1.
Mike Norman: Back Martin Kaymer @ 22/1
The list of past winners of the Dubai Desert Classic is stacked with former world number ones, major winners, and European Tour stars so I'm pinning my hopes on Martin Kaymer getting his name etched on the trophy alongside the likes of Seve, Els, Monty, Couples, Stenson, McIlroy and last year's Masters champion Danny Willett. I know Kaymer was 30/1 just a fortnight ago in Abu Dhabi but I'm happy to take the shorter odds given he finished fourth that week in what was probably a stronger field. The German is unquestionably a desert golf specialist with his form not limited just to the Abu Dhabi GC, in fact he has a terrific record here having four times finished inside the top four from his last seven appearances. He's a two-time major winner, a former world number one, and a top European Tour star. There isn't anyone else in this week's field more apt to join the Dubai Desert Classic's illustrious list of winners.
2017 Season P/L to date: -£101.67
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Martin Kaymer @ 30/1 PLACE (Steve)
- 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
£5 E/W Per Bet