Luiten Is Joost Right For The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
- 17 Jan 2017
2017 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Betting Preview
Rory McIlroy has unfortunately withdrawn from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship due to a rib injury but there is still a stellar coast for what is one of the biggest tournaments of the year on the European Tour and three reigning major champions are in attendance at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club...
- Henrik Stenson has finished in the top-ten on four occasions in Abu Dhabi
- Joost Luiten's past three visits to Abu Dhabi have yielded finishes of 6th, 6th, 5th
- Martin Kaymer has won the Abu Dhabi Championship three times
|19th January - 22nd January||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
| Joost Luiten (each way)
|@ 30 / 1|
|Thomas Pieters (each way)||@ 25 / 1|
|Branden Grace (each way)||@ 33 / 1|
It is the US Open champion, Dustin Johnson, who is the bookmakers favourite (6/1 with Bet Victor) ahead of his first ever appearance in the UAE and the 7,600 yard track should suit the big-hitting American, albeit he is plenty short enough price-wise ahead of his course debut.
Henrik Stenson, the British Open champion, makes more appeal in what is his first start since the DP World Tour Championship as he has racked up four top-tens in Abu Dhabi, including a tie for 3rd last year. Stenson can be backed at 7/1 but there could be value to be found elsewhere.
That value might not be with the Masters champion Danny Willett though as the Englishman has just one top-twenty finish to show from seven previous appearances in Abu Dhabi and he is a 40/1 shot for a reason.
The Best Of The Rest
Rickie Fowler is the defending champion after he beat Thomas Pieters by one shot last year and the 14/1 chance is bidding to become the first American to win the same European Tour event back-to-back since Tiger Woods in 2002, although it is the 2016 runner-up who is worthy of attention at 25/1. Pieters also finished 4th here in 2015 and even though his form towards the back end of 2016 may have cooled, his Ryder Cup efforts showed that he raises his game when in the company of the world's best, which is what Abu Dhabi offers this week.
Tip #1: Thomas Pieters (each way) @ 25/1 with Betfred.
Meanwhile, Martin Kaymer will make plenty of appeal at 30/1 as he is a three-time winner and boasts a scoring average of 68.88 from his previous 36 rounds in Abu Dhabi. The German hasn't won here since 2011 though and we fancy a couple of other players with recent course form under their belts are the way to go.
Indeed, Joost Luiten has a fantastic record in the UAE as he has racked up seven top-fifteen finishes in his past eleven visits, including a fine run in Abu Dhabi where he has gone 6-6-5 in his previous three appearances. Luiten is a player who will perhaps go under the radar with so many big names in attendance this week but this is a man who won the KLM Open and secured eleven other top-fifteens during a fine 2016 campaign, with Betfred pricing him 30/1.
Tip #2: Joost Luiten (each way) @ 30/1 with Betfred.com.
Finally, Branden Grace has twice finished in the top-five in Abu Dhabi and he used last year's fifth place effort as a springboard for victory at the Qatar Masters a week later. The South African also won the RBC Heritage during a 2016 campaign that saw him test his mettle on the PGA Tour for much of the year and he does have the benefit of a bit of golf under his belt this term as this will be his third start of 2017 following his tie for 13th at the Sony Open in Hawaii last week.
Tip #3: Branden Grace (each way) @ 33/1 with Betfred.