Wiesberger To Relish The Chance To Shine At The Dubai Desert Classic
- 31 Jan 2017
2017 Dubai Desert Classic Betting Preview
The 'Desert Swing' section of the European Tour concludes with the Dubai Desert Classic from Thursday and the threat of strong winds will make for a tough four days on the Majlis Course at The Emirates Golf Club...
- Bernd Wiesberger has finished no worse than 16th in his last 3 appearances at the Dubai Desert Classic
- Andy Sullivan has finished in the top-five in his past two outings on the Majlis Course
|2nd February - 5th February||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
Dubai Desert Classic
| Bernd Wiesberger (each way)
|@ 22 / 1|
|Andy Sullivan (each way)||@ 33 / 1|
|Peter Hanson (each way)||@ 66 / 1|
The Leading Contenders
Henrik Stenson is a player who often thrives in the desert and the 2007 champion is the bookmakers' favourite this week (7/1 with Bet Victor). The Swede has been in fine form with two wins and eight other top-fifteens from his past twelve starts but he hasn't broken the top-five at The Emirates since 2009 and we prefer to look elsewhere for some each-way value.
We were tempted to back Rafa Cabrera-Bello (18/1) for a second week running after he tied 6th in Qatar last week but it is worth noting that he hasn't won a tournament since landing the Dubai Desert Classic in 2012. The Spaniard did finish runner-up last year but it has been a story of near misses for him in recent times, as he racked up eight top-fives without success during 2016.
Cabrera-Bello is joined in Dubai by fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia but it is worth noting that he has a best of tied 11th from six previous outings on the Majlis Course.
You Won't Get Your Fingers Bernd By Wiesberger
In truth, this course should be a perfect fit for someone like Garcia as it rewards players who go long off the tee and who thrive with irons in hand, which brings us to our first selection, Bernd Wiesberger, The Austrian, who ranked sixth for GIR stats on the European Tour last year, has good form at The Emirates Golf Club as he has gone 9-4-16 in his past three visits and he arrives in good form this time around. Wiesberger hasn't missed a cut since the US PGA Championship and he has racked up six top-five finishes in nine starts since then.
A three-time winner on the European Tour, Wiesberger tops our shortlist.
Tip #1: Bernd Wiesberger (each way) @ 22/1 with BetVictor.com.
Meanwhile, Andy Sullivan is another with previous form here as he has finished in the top-fifteen in three of four appearances, going 4-2 in his last two appearances. His runner-up effort last year was one of five top-six finishes for 2016 and it was an impressive return for a player who was always going to struggle to live up to a stellar 2015 that saw him win three titles., Sullivan, who ranked 24th for GIR stats last year, tied 28th in Qatar when a disappointing final round cost him but a return to Dubai could see him contending again.
Tip #2: Andy Sullivan (each way) @ 33/1 with Paddy Power.
Finally, Peter Hanson is another each-way fancy who has the tools to do well at The Emirates and he has been in good form of late. The Swede may not have won a tournament since 2012 as injury set him back in 2013 but he is beginning to find his feet once more, with the 39-year-old building on his tie for 4th at the British Masters towards end of 2016 with a top-ten in Abu Dhabi and a top-20 in Qatar this month. Hanson, who ranked in the top-fifteen for GIR last season, has twice finished in the top-ten at The Emirates and he could be primed for a decent showing this week.
Tip #3: Peter Hanson (each way) @ 66/1 with Bet Victor.