The BB team were dreaming of riches at the outset of last week's fourth round with the leader, second-place and another two men within two shots of glory among our quintet of selections, so to end up with just one placed golfer was something of a disappointment. Can we do better in Qatar this week? The following five will be carrying our cash...
"Big hitting has proven a huge asset at Doha and I can see the current number one ranked distance driver on the European Tour, Zimbabwean-born South African, Dean Burmester, really taking to the place. He's making his course debut this week but on the back of a fourth place in the South Africa Open and a seventh last week in Abu Dhabi, I thought he looked fairly priced to contend again at 50/1."
Steve Rawlings: Back Dean Burmester @ 50/1
*Each-way 1/4 odds, 5 places
Dan Geraghty: Back Ryan Fox @ 80/1
There's a lot of unappealing prices at the top of the market this week and I'd hoped for bigger about a few of the outsiders. Regular readers will know I like Thomas Detry but I had hoped for more than 80/1. I very much like the chances of Steve's selection, Dean Burmester, but at the prices I'm going to nail my colours back to the Ryan Fox mast. Sure, the price has nearly halved from last week but his top 20 finish confirmed he's still in great nick and this week's course promises to suit the New Zealand bomber even more. Ans so he'll be carrying my each way money again; godspeed, sir!
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Bradley Dredge @ 80/1
Following on from his most consistent and productive season for a long while, Bradley Dredge is well up to building on a strong course record. The Welshman has made seven top-25s here, including fourth last year. As a fairly long hitter with plenty of experience in windy conditions, whose prowess is putting, Dredge ticks the right boxes for this long-established test at Doha G.C. Last week's top-20 in Abu Dhabi represented a solid start to 2016 and his best result at that Gulf track since 2009. That must bode well for another personal best here.
Joe Dyer: Back Callum Shinkwin @ 100/1
There was a frightening amount of world-class golfing quality on show last week but there's less depth this time around and I am prepared to take a chance on a longer odds selection in Qatar. Callum Shinkwin is my man this week, available to back at 100/1, but with a far better chance than those odds suggest. First up, Shinkwin is a huge driver - ranked seventh in driving distance on the European Tour last year - which is a key stat on the course. The 23-year-old enjoyed a decent opening event to the season, finishing 23rd last week, with a pair of very decent rounds (68 and 65 on days one and three) interspersed by a pair of poor rounds (two 74s). Stats-wise Shinkwin was ticking along very nicely and I'm hoping that this exciting young prospect is warmed-up and ready to perform on a track where he showed promise last year with a debut 35th, ending day one just outside the top 10.
Steve Rawlings: Back Dean Burmester @ 50/1
The Doha Golf Club is an exposed track with Bermuda greens so it's perhaps not surprising to see that South Africans, who grow up playing in windy conditions and putting on Kikuyu and Bermuda greens, have an outstanding record here. Charl Schwartzel has finished third here, Louis Oosthuizen, George Coetzee and James Kingston have all finished second and Darren Fichardt, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Branden Grace (twice) have all won the event in its short 19 year history. And Zimbabwe's Tony Johnstone also claimed the spoils here in 2001. Big hitting has proven a huge asset at Doha and I can see the current number one ranked distance driver on the European Tour, Zimbabwean-born South African, Dean Burmester, really taking to the place. He's making his course debut this week but on the back of a fourth place in the South Africa Open and a seventh last week in Abu Dhabi, I thought he looked fairly priced to contend again at 50/1.
You can read Steve's comprehensive Qatar Masters 2017 Betting Preview behind the link.
Mike Norman: Back Nicolas Colsaerts @ 66/1
A missed cut in Abu Dhabi last time is hardly off-putting if you want to back Nicolas Colsaerts this week given that was the Belgian's first tournament in two months. Two opening rounds of 73 wasn't exactly a disaster either, and I'm sure he'll be much sharper in Qatar at a venue he has played well in the past. The big-htting 34-year-old has finished ninth, 13th, and 27th in his last three visits to Doha, and he has plenty of other desert form to boast too, including an excellent fourth place at last year's season ending DP World Tour Championship, which just happens to be the last tournament he played before Abu Dhabi. As Steve rightly points out in his in-depth preview, players with links form, big-hitters, and those who have gone well at Gleneagles and in Portugal must be considered. Colsaerts ticks all of those boxes, most notably with a second place finish at the Portugal Masters in 2014, a top 20 at Gleneagles in 2012, and some top 10 finishes in the Open Championship, the Alfred Dunhill Links, and the Scottish Open. At an industry best 66/1, Colsaerts looks well worth chancing this week.
2017 Season P/L to date: -£51.67
- 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