Betting Tips for 3rd to 6th February 2022
The decision to start 2022 on the DP World Tour with two Rolex Series events was fully vindicated as two high-class tournaments provided great entertainment over the last fortnight. The Rolex Series bonus has gone for the Ras al Khaimah Championship and with it goes the best players in the world. None of the top 50 in the official golf rankings are in the field at Al Hamra Golf Club so this is a great chance for some of those on the next rung of the ladder to prove that there is a lot of talent on the DP World Tour.
There are certainly a lot of highly talented players towards the top of the betting for the Ras Al Khaimah Championship. Bernd Wiesberger was part of Europe’s Ryder Cup team of 2021 while Robert MacIntyre, Romain Langasque and Alexander Bjork are among those who feel they can do enough over the next 18 months to make their Ryder Cup debuts in Rome.
Of the leading contenders, it is Langasque who makes the most appeal from a betting perspective. Wiesberger has the proven class but isn’t putting well enough to trust while MacIntyre remains troubled with an ankle injury. Langasque, by contrast, is on an upward curve right now and is playing some of the highest calibre golf of anybody in Ras Al Khaimah.
A costly mistake during his final round of the Dubai Desert Classic won’t dent Langasque’s belief that he belongs at the top table. The nature of golf is such that promising DP World Tour players do have to prove themselves at a slightly lower level of event before breaking through among the elite and this is a great chance for Langasque to do just that. Victory here at odds of 25/1 would be the biggest of his career to date but surely not the biggest to come.
Thorbjorn Olesen is in a strange place with his career at the moment. The Dane is back competing regularly after his suspension from the European Tour was lifted and criminal proceedings ended with his acquittal at trial in December of last year. It is always tough to come back after an extended period away from the game and it could be some time yet before Olesen reaches the level he was operating at in late 2018 to early 2019. After a couple of decent finishes in the recent Rolex Series events, Olesen should enjoy this step down in grade and he can challenge at a nice price of 50/1.
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2022: Nicolai Hojgaard
Nicolai Hojgaard has been marked out as one of the future stars of European golf – alongside twin brother Rasmus – for some time. It was, therefore, a timely boost for the game in Europe that the 20 year old Dane won his second DP World Tour in the same week that so many stars of the game were enticed to play in the controversial Saudi International.
When you watch Hojgaard play the first thing that stands out is the incredible distance he gets with his driver. He averaged 322 yards off the tee at Al Hamra Golf Club. Couple that with approach play that saw him gain 1.64 strokes on the field and it’s no surprise that Hojgaard was in contention. Perhaps the most impressive element of the win, however, was the way he recovered from a mistake in the final round that saw him yield a three-shot overnight lead and fall two shots behind Jordan Smith.
Most young golfers would have crumbled under the pressure but not Hojgaard. There was no sign of a collapse as he followed a four-hole stretch that included a bogey and a double-bogey with a birdie and an eagle in consecutive holes. That resulted in a closing round 68, for a total of -24 which was four shots better than Smith.