Jan 16th, 2018
The Golf Spiv calls the Abu Dubai HSBC Championship
As the big boys come to town
It’s the event where all the big boys turn up. Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose head the pack as the favourites to lift the title in Abu Dhabi. Johnson has certainly started 2018 well with victory at the Tournament of Champions. For the others, it is the first one of the season.
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.
Henrik Stenson 18/1 (PaddyPower):
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.
Branden Grace 22/1 (888):
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.
Tommy Fleetwood 22/1 (Bet365):
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.
Tyrrell Hatton 28/1 (StanJames):
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.
Kiradich Aphibarnrat 50/1 (888):
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.