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Golf Betting Tips and Prediction – Omega Dubai Desert Classic 2014 – The Desert swing reaches its climax this week at the majestic Emirates golf club in Dubai, our man @gbenno79 is back to provide his view on who should be featuring at atop the leader board this week, good luck all.

Omega Dubai Desert Classic : Spaniards To Shine In The Desert

Course: Emirates GC, 7,316 yards, Par 72 – The flagship course at Emirates Golf Club, The Majlis championship course is a challenging par 72, 7,316-yard layout. Designed by Florida-based course architect Karl Litten, the original 18 holes were built in and around the dunes of a beautiful site on the edge of the city of Dubai, donated by His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on whose instructions the desert flora was maintained in its natural state.

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The Majlis course has developed a worthy reputation of being a very fair test for the tour players, The Majlis was the first grass course in the Middle East. One of the most prominent features on the course is the Majlis building itself positioned between the 8th and 9th holes and a Dubai landmark since 1988.  The Majlis has plenty of trees / shrubs around the course but is very exposed.

Inside The field : The worlds Number One and Seven, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy respectively will headline one of the strongest fields in the history of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic as the final leg of The European Tour ‘Desert Swing’ prepares to celebrate its 25th birthday.

The elite of world golf will descend on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club to join in the 25th anniversary celebrations of the US$2.5 million tournament, with three-time winner Ernie Els and World Number Three Henrik Stenson.  Englishman Barry Lane is the only player to have competed in all 25 editions of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.  Twenty former champions, with a combined total of 25 Major victories, will be taking part in the Champions Challenge, while the 1992 champion, the late, great Seve Ballesteros, will be represented by his son, Javier.

Previous Winners

2013 – S. Gallacher

2012 – R. Cabrera-Bello

2011 – A. Quiros

2010 – M.A. Jiminez

2009 – R. McIlroy

Tournament Records

72 Hole Record : 266, Thomas Bjorn ( 2001 ), Stephen Gallacher ( 2013 )

18 Hole Record : 61, Ernie Els ( 1994 )

Selections

This weeks field is certainly strong and it may be worth siding with a few each way punts. After looking at the last few years winners the Spanish crop up on several occasions so keep an eye on those for any punter who want to bet ‘in play’.  Also, having some sort of course form looks ideal when looking to find some each way value.

Robert Rock  150/1 e/w Ladbrokes – Open a new Ladbrokes account by clicking this link, and get a £50 free bet!

Staffordshire born Rock, will be disappointed with his performances to date this year, with his best placed finish of 22nd last week, with a final day 67 which should give him encouragement to do better this week.  Robert didn’t win in 2013, but his last win was in the Abu-Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in this part of the world in 2012, beating Rory McIlroy.  The last time he was really in contention was at the Irish Open, where Paul Casey ended up victorious.

 

 

Rafa Cabrera-Bello   30/1 e/w – Betfred Open a new Betfred account by clicking this link and get a free £25 bet.

Rafa has been playing some great golf over here in the Dubai Desert Swing, finishing in the top 4 in the last two weeks.  He seems to improve his game in this part of the world, especially when you look at his last win which was here in 2012, beating 2013 winner, Stephen Gallacher.  As previously mentioned, the Spanish players seem to particularly like this course, with 3 of the past five winners hailing from Spain.

 

 

Alvaro Quiros   45/1 e/w – William Hill Open a new William Hill account by clicking this link and get a free £25 bet. 

The big hitting Spaniard has to be a name on the short-list for this tournament, due to his 6th place finish in 2010, where his fellow countryman, Miguel-Angel Jiminez, was the victor.  Then the year after Alvaro claimed the title beating James Kingston and Anders Hansen.  Out of his six wins on the European Tour, two of them have been in Dubai.  Alvaro hasn’t been playing great lately, there has been signs that his game is on the up.

 

 

Stephen Gallacher   40/1 e/w – Winner Open a new Winner account by clicking this link and get a free £25 bet.

Gallacher performed well 2 weeks ago at the Abu Dhabi Championship, finishing in 8th place after rounds of 68 and 69 over the weekend.  Stephen has a really good record here, finishing in the top 10 in the past 3 years at this event, with each years result getting better than the last, and then eventually winning last year.  In 2013 Gallacher totalled 6 top ten finishes and looks to have brought his good form into 2014.

 

 

Paul Casey   66/1  e/w – Coral Open a new Coral account by clicking this link bet just £5 and get a free £20 bet!

Paul has been a top class performer over the years, but has struggled in recent seasons with his game.  He did get in the winners circle in 2013, winning the Irish Open in June that year, beating Joost Luiten and Robert Rock by 3 strokes.  Casey has won on the European Tour on twelve occasions, two of those wins were at the Abu-Dhabi Golf Championship in 2007 and 2009.  His best finish here in the last five years was a 4th place finish behind Major winner, Rory McIlroy.

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