The European Tour now heads to Dubai for the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Whilst most attention will be on Tiger Woods there are plenty of good options for those who may want to place a cheeky bet on the outcome. For those who are interested in Woods, he currently stands at between 33/1 to 50/1 depending on the bookie.
However, here at Golfhacker, we consider those odds far too low for a player who missed his last cut following a heavy lay off. Best wait till Woods shows some form before considering that option. Henrik Stenson stands as the bookies favourite at 7/1. Yet, there are much more decent bets to be had.
Here’s what we fancy this week at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
Rafael Cabrera Bello 20/1 (Best price: Bet 365)
The Spaniard has continued his strong form from last season. So far in 2017, he has produced a T-19th at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and last week, he came T-6 in Qatar. Seeing a player improve is always good to see especially as he approaches a course where he finished 2nd last year to Danny Willett. Let’s hope he can go one better in Dubai.
Tyrrell Hatton 22/1 (Best price: BetVictor)
Hatton has really become a force to be reckoned with since he won the Alfred Dunhill in Scotland. Since then he has finished in the top 25 of every tournament played including a second place at the season finale. He continued this run finishing T-13 in Abu Dhabi so far this year. A quality player that has seen his price fall due to his consistency. Could be a good E/W bet.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 60/1 (Best price: 32Red)
Whatever has happened to Kiradech Aphibarnrat so far in 2017 then long may it continue. He used to have good days and bad days but recently he has shown some excellent form. So far in 2017, he is yet to fall outside the top 10. The form is a good indicator but he does have a mixed record here in Dubai. Could be a contender if he maintains his current form and at 60/1, must be worth a shot at an E/W
Jordan Smith 66/1 (Best price: StanJames)
How do you celebrating graduating from the Challenge Tour as top dog? Well showing the big boys of the European Tour that you are the real deal is one way to do it. That’s what Jordan Smith has done in his first three outings on the European Tour. He just missed a playoff in South Africa to finish third, secured a highly respectable T-39 in Abu Dhabi and a T-6 last week in Qatar. Keep an eye on this kid.
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 250/1 (Best price: BoyleSports)
For those that like a quid on a massive outsider then perhaps Lorenzo-Vera might take your fancy? Last week he would have paid off given his fourth-place finish in Qatar. He was only one shot away from joining the playoff party. He might be unfancied by many of the bookies but the Frenchman is currently showing good form. An E/W on Lorenzo-Vera could be very tempting indeed.