Ras al Khaimah Classic Betting Tips & Results

Betting Tips for 10th to 13th February 2022

Defending a professional golf tournament is a very difficult thing to do. Despite all the good memories that come flooding back when a player returns to a course where they recently won, there are always extra media duties and a greater sense of expectation on a player’s shoulders. Nicolai Hojgaard has never had to defend a professional title but the Danish sensation will feel all of the expectation and pressure as he tees it up at Al Hamra Golf Club, just three days after winning at the same venue.

Hojgaard was brilliant for much of the Ras al Khaima Championship and if he carries that form over to the Ras al Khaimah Classic he will be difficult to beat. Doing so is a big ask as the exertions of last week will surely take a toll while most of the rest of the field also learned exactly what to expect from Al Hamra Golf Club.

While it wouldn’t be wise to write off Hojgaard’s chances of completing the double at odds of 14/1 there are some more tempting options at bigger odds. First among these options is Thomas Detry who placed ninth last week. He had a cracking start to the tournament before fading away somewhat over the course of the week, with his final round of 71 the worst of the lot. Detry will surely have felt a great deal of frustration at the way he threw away his chances of winning and should be enthused at the chance of putting things right this time around. Last week was the best finish of Detry’s time in the Middle East and he can leave the desert with a serious challenge at a price of 25/1.

Talking of players who felt a sense of frustration last week, Ryan Fox could be worth a bet to bounce back from a missed cut at 55/1. The Kiwi would have been licking his lips at the prospect of taking full advantage of his prodigious distance off the tee at Al Hamra but he didn’t get things right and ended up with a weekend to work on his game rather than contending for the win. Things should go much better for Fox on his second spin around Al Hamra and he is a good each way option to bounce back in impressive style.

Another player who can have a much better second week at Al Hamra than his first is Romain Langasque. The Frenchman doesn’t quite have the impressive driving distance stats of Fox but his all round game is more reliable and he’ll feel he wasn’t far off being able to contend last week. It was only a few costly mistakes that resulted in Langasque missing the weekend. Get those mistakes out of his head and he could find himself bang in contention on Sunday so back him each way at odds of 30/1.

Past Winners

Year Course Winner
2022 Al Hamra Golf Club Ryan Fox

2022: Ryan Fox

If any proof was needed that golf is a difficult sport to predict it was provided by the Ras al Khaimah Classic. The tournament was played on the same course as the previous week’s Ras al Khaimah Championship with almost exactly the same field in similar conditions. As you would expect, the winner of the previous week’s tournament, Nicolai Hjogard, was the bookies’ favourite and yet he missed the cut. Then there’s Ryan Fox who missed the cut at Al Hamra Golf Club a week before but pulled off a stunning wire to wire victory of the Ras al Khaimah Classic.

Fox was frustrated not to make it to the weekend on his first spin around Al Hamra Golf Club as he felt it was a course that played to his strengths. Getting straight back on the horse proved to be just what was needed for the 35-year-old from Auckland as he did a fantastic job of making full use of his immense power off the tee.

As impressive as Fox always is with a driver in his hand, it was actually his approach play and putting where he gained most on the field. Such was the quality of his play over the first three days of the tournament that he was set to coast to victory. The nerves kicked in on Sunday though and his six-shot lead was quickly reduced to two. Fortunately for Fox, he had given himself enough wiggle room and he was soon back on track, ending the tournament a comfortable five shots ahead of runner up, Ross Fisher.