Betting Tips for 11th to 14th November 2021
Technically, this is the penultimate event ever on the European Tour. As of next season, it will be renamed the DP World Tour in an apparent attempt to convey that it is a truly global tour. In reality, that has been evident for a long time. The next fortnight is a case in point as the Aviv Dubai Championship kicks off an exciting double header at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Dubai has long been a very important part of the world for the European Tour. It’s a home away from home for many players and it’s therefore no surprise to see a strong field make the trip to the UAE. Ryder Cup players Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood and Bernd Wiesberger top the betting with some excellent golfers from all over the world everywhere you look at Jumeirah Golf Estates’ Fire Course.
This week’s tournament is a very nice warm up for those players competing in the season ending DP World Tour Championship. The Fire Course is similar to its sister course which hosts next week’s tournament but it is very much the easier of the two. Tourists often find the Fire Course the more enjoyable of the two because it is less punishing and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a pretty low winning score on Sunday.
Players must take the desert winds into account this week even more than next as the Fire Course is more exposed to the elements than the Earth Course. The relatively short distance of the Fire Course and the fact that the par fives are gettable means punters are ideally looking for a big hitter who will be given the right lines off the tee by their caddies.
If Thomas Pieters had not withdrawn after his win last week, he would be an ideal sort to include in this week’s staking plan. In his absence, fellow Belgian Thomas Detry can step up. He flies to Dubai after a creditable 22nd in the World Wide Technology Championship last week. Competing against a decent field on the PGA Tour will give Detry plenty of confidence while his game appears well suited to the Fire Course. He’s done well at the DP World Tour Championship and other desert tournaments in the past so Detry does appear good value as an each way option at 33/1.
Dean Burmester has taken a different route into the Dubai Championship. His decision to compete on the Sunshine Tour’s PGA Championship last week was vindicated when he left his home country with a win. Winning always breeds confidence and Burmester spoke afterwards of his desire to take the many positives from last week into the end of the European Tour season. The big hitting Burmester should be a real player this week at 25/1.
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2021: Joachim B Hansen
The Aviv Dubai Championship was always going to have a feeling of a warm-up for the season ending DP World Tour Championship. Just like in 2020, it was the final event before the really big names fly in to compete for the finale. It was, however, clear from the emotion of Joachim B Hansen that this was much more than just a warm-up to him. By holding his nerve to win in a final day full of twists and turns, Hansen secured his second European Tour title and earned a last-minute place in the field for the DP World Tour Championship and the chance for another substantial pay cheque.
Hansen put himself into a strong position to win the tournament right from the start. A brilliant opening round of 61 gave him an early two shot lead and although he wasn’t note perfect on Friday and Saturday, he held a share of the 54 hole lead.
Another fast start on Sunday saw Hansen take sole possession of the lead with a birdie on the first hole. That lead would not last long during a pulsating day of golf in which Antoine Rozner, Bernd Wiesberger and Francesco Laporta were among those to challenge. That trio ended up just one shot shy of Hansen’s winning score of -23, a lead the Dane did very well to maintain with very solid pars on the 17th and 18th holes.