It’s the final event of the European Tour this week which means a trip to Dubai for the DP World Tour Championship. Not only have the best players on the European Tour assembled at the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates for a world class tournament but there are still four players in with a chance of winning the Race to Dubai. So, expect drama aplenty over the four days of play.
Henrik Stenson, Danny Willett, Alex Noren and Rory McIlroy are the four men battling it out at the top of the Race to Dubai rankings. The other 56 players in the field still have plenty to play for though. There is a $5 million bonus pool shared between the top 10 in the rankings and the tournament itself carries a healthy prize fund.
The Earth Course has been the host venue for every renewal of the DP World Tour Championship. A quick look through the previous winners of the tournament shows you that this is a course that favours players who hit it a long way off the tee. It’s a long course at 7,675 yards off the back tees and the fairways are pretty wide so there’s little penalty for straying off line. The Earth Course also demands high quality iron play as the greens are big so it’s especially important to hit the ball close to the hole.
Stenson Can Wrap Up the Race
Henrik Stenson could have won the Race to Dubai in South Africa last weekend but he never really got going at the Gary Player Country Club. Still, there were positives to his game and the Earth Course has brilliant memories for the big Swede. He won here in 2013 and 2014 and is playing as well now as he did then. It’s been a wonderful season already for Stenson with his first major win and it can get even better with victory this week so back him at odds of 6/1 with Bet365.
Sulli’s Army to Have a Party in Dubai
Andy Sullivan pushed Rory McIlroy all the way at the Earth Course last season. The affable Englishman held a strong position during the final round but was ultimately unable to live with McIlroy at full pelt. He’s not been able to win on the European Tour this season but his form has improved in the run up to this week. He’s got a second and third place finish in his last three starts. If Sullivan keeps that sort of form up, he’ll pay out from an each way bet at 25/1 with Betfair.
Hend Value at Triple Figure Odds
Scott Hend has had yet another solid season on the European Tour. The 43-year-old seems to be getting better with age and there’s no sign of him losing any distance. Hend is one of the very best drivers on the European Tour which should suit him very well around the Earth Course. Therefore, it’s surprising to see the Aussie available at a very generous 125/1 with BetVictor. That price just screams each way value and could provide a big pay out even from small stakes.