Paul Krishnamurty - Rafa Cabrera-Bello @ [71.0]
Having made steady progress throughout his first four seasons on the main European Tour, Rafael Cabrera-Bello looks an improving player well worth following when conditions suit. The evidence to date strongly suggests he thrives in Gulf conditions and on that basis, odds of [71.0] are extremely generous. The Spaniard won last season's Dubai Desert Classic and has also shown a liking for this Abu Dhabi layout, finishing seventh in 2011 and 15th on debut in 2009.
Steve Rawlings - Back Berndt Wiesberger @ [101.0]
This up-and-coming Austrian struggled for much of last week at the Volvo Golf Champions event but, after a triple-bogey at the 1st on Sunday, he managed to get his scoring boots on - knocking in six birdies and an eagle to end the week in style. Fiddly Durban Country Club would be far from ideal for the big-hitting Austrian but it at least gave him the opportunity to knock off some rust. This will be far more his cup of tea and 100/1 looks a very fair price.
Joe Dyer - Back Thomas Bjorn @ [51.0]
Elder statesman he may be, but Thomas Bjorn continues to crank out the results on all terrains and in all weathers year after year. That said, he seems to enjoy the warm weather start to the season with top-10 finishes at all four 'Gulf Swing' tournaments in the last three years. That run includes a third place in Abu Dhabi last year and a win at the Qatar Masters in 2011. At [51.0] to win Tommy looks a rock-solid each-way bet.
Daniel Geraghty - Back Shane Lowry @ [71.0]
This Irishman assured us his game was full of rust at the start of last week's 2013 opening Volvo Golf Champions yet he went on to post a ninth-placed finish, picking up just where he left off last season (two top fives in his final four events of the year, including his first professional victory at the Portugal Masters in October). Lowry was fourth on his first appearance at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in 2010 and this year arrives in the UAE full of confidence.
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Mike Norman - Back Francesco Molinari @ [31.0]
With form figures that read 10-13-8-8 in his last four visits to the Abu Dhabi GC Francesco Molinari appears an ideal candidate to challenge for a place at least at this year's renewal. There are few better than the smiling Italian at finding fairways and greens in regulation, so just a tiny improvement in his putting in any given week will see him go very close. He warmed up for this event with a very creditable ninth place finish at the Volvo Golf Champions, so at [31.0] to back on the Fixed Odds market he represent a sound investment each way.