Johnson starts as the clear favourite with his best odds at 5/1. Rose can be found at 8/1 with McIlroy just behind at 9/1. But, as always, those kind of odds don’t really appeal. We like our odds a little bigger than that. With that in mind, here is where we are placing our money.
Stenson has a fantastic record in Abu Dhabi over the past two years. Two top ten finishes in his last two visits to the course show the Iceman is not one to wilt in the sun. Starting 2018 with a nice match play win at the EurAsia Cup will put him in a good mood going into this one.
The South African will enter Abu Dhabi in high hopes following his second place at the BMW SA Open. Like Stenson, he also has a strong record on this track over the past few years. T-13th in 2017 and T-5th in 2016 shows that Grace likes it here. 22/1 is the best price out there due to his recent finish.
A 100% record for team Europe at the EurAsia Cup has certainly raised Thomas Bjorn’s eyebrows. Fleetwood has happy memories of Abu Dhabi as it was here where he started his awesome season in style. His EurAsia Cup performance will certainly provide a spring in his step.
Like Fleetwood, Hatton also produced the goods at the EurAsia Cup. Hatton has certainly become one of the European Tour’s prized assets and the betting market has taken notice. His game suits Abu Dhabi with his best performance coming in 2016 where he finished in T-6.
A top-five performance in Abu Dhabi last year was the catalyst Aphibarnrat needed to propel himself up the rankings. Producing his best season since 2015, Aphibarnrat’s strong end to the season has caught my eye as he bids to continue his form. Great price for an E/W.