Here are our golf betting tips for the DP World Tour Championship, starting this Thursday the Earth Course in Dubai. It is the climax of the European Tour season and the stellar cast has assembled to give the tour finale a classy feel.
DP World Tour Championship: 14th – 17th November 2013
Venue & History
The venue of the climax to the European Tour is the DP World Tour Championship, held at the Jumeriah Golf Estates in Dubai. The Greg Norman designed Earth Course was opened in 2009 for the Dubai World Championship. Dubai has followed in the footsteps of its Middle East neighbour Abu Dhabi in creating beautiful, championship golfing resorts. Advertising and sponsorship in the area has allowed tournament hosts to attract the biggest names on the European Tour to the event.
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The course itself measures at over 7,600 yards, and begins with a difficult three hole stretch consisting of two par 4s at over 450 yards a piece, and a par 5 that many will struggle to reach in two. If you get off to a poor start, don’t expect things to get any easier. Last year, the par 5 7th played uphill in to a prevailing wind. Oh, and it measures a cool 584 yards. With some respite around the turn, the players are then faced with what Greg Norman describes as “the most challenging mile in golf” as they wake their way from the 15th back to the clubhouse.
Last year, Rory McIlroy held off stern competition from Luke Donald and Justin Rose to seal his fifth victory in the year, and take the Race to Dubai (R2D) title.
2012 – Rory McIlroy (-23)
2011 – Álvaro Quirós (-19)
2010 – Robert Karlsson (-14)
2009 – Lee Westwoodd (-23)
72 hole record: 265 (-23) – Rory McIlroy (2012) & Lee Westwood (2009)
18 hole record: 62 (-10) – Justin Rose (2012)
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano – EW at 50/1 (Betfred) – Open a new Betfred account by clicking this link and get a free £25 bet.
Sitting pretty in sixth place in the Race to Dubai standings, Gonzo has a had a fairly erratic season to say the least. With just 5 top 10s, it’s not been a stellar year by all accounts for the Spaniard, but one that has somehow turned out quite nicely. He won the BMW Masters last month, propelling him in to the top 10 in the R2D. His driving accuracy has been poor by his standards this season, hitting less than 60% of fairways. However, he has been performing slightly better on the greens, averaging 29.79 putts per round, his best since 2009. He ranks 21st in scrambling this year (58.9%), somewhat saving him from his poor form with the big stick. If Gonzo can find some consistency with both the driver and the putter, he certainly has the bottle to win one of these big events.
Matteo Manassero – EW at 100/1 (Sporting Bet) – Open a new Sporting Bet account by clicking this link and get a ‘Risk Free’ £50 bet.
At 125/1, this has to be the most tempting bet throughout the whole field. Matteo is currently 11th in the R2D, but it has been a year of consistency for the 20-year-old. He’s missed just four cuts this season, but has only managed a couple of top 10s, even if one was a victory at the BMW PGA Championship. He averages 29 putts per round, ranking him 21st, and match that with 7th in putts per green (1.738), when he’s hot with the short stick, he’s difficult to match. He’s not the longest on Tour by any stretch of the imagination (181st), but he knows his way around a golf course. If he can get off to a decent start on Thursday, he may well get himself up there and in contention.
Justin Rose – Win at 7/1 (Coral) – Open a new Coral account by clicking this link and get a free £50 bet.
Having finally got the Major monkey off his back with the win at the US Open, Justin Rose looks like a new man. He’s playing with an air of confidence, and walks around the course with a certain swag and aura that all top players do. He’s fresh off two top 5 finishes in his last two events, and with Henrik Stenson reportedly struggling with injuries, he will be keen to put in another strong performance in the hope of leapfrogging the Swede, and taking the R2D title. He has missed just one cut all year long, at a devilishly difficult Open, in which many of the top players in the world struggled. Having not played all of the events on the European Tour this year, it is difficult to look at his performance statistically, but given the situation, it’s not really necessary. He knows that a strong performance and finishing above Stenson, Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell might just land him the title and cap of what has been a remarkable year for the Englishman.
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