Nov 17th, 2015
Who to back at the DP World Championship
Who going to make you some money this week?
Words: Nicholas Kevern Photography: Getty Images
This is it, the big one. A European Number One will be crowned on Sunday as the top players on the European Tour play in the season finale. Rory McIlroy may be in pole position but the chasing pack are close...really close. It's all to play for. Here are GolfPunk's tips for the big one.
Henrik Stenson 13/2 (Paddy Power)
The Iceman Cometh indeed. Following on from his T-3 at the BMW Masters he is in prime position to strike at what could be his favourite tournament of the year. He has won the season finale in Dubai two years in a row. Can make it a three-peat? He will know that winning the title of European Number One is all over but with an average round of 66.9 on this course, the Iceman will be out to wreck the party.
Justin Rose 8/1 (Ladbrokes)
Rose has come 2nd here twice in three years. The nearly man of this course. However, Rose is having a fantastic season and currently 3rd in the Race to Dubai. It is still possible that he can become European Number One. He was strong in the majors with 3 top 6 finishes. More impressively since The Open at St Andrews he has been consistent. T-2 at the Tour championship on the PGA and a victory in Hong Kong. Looking very strong indeed.
Danny Willett 35/1 (Sky Bet)
What a price for a man who knows what he needs to do to become European Number One. Finish above Rory McIlroy and it's yours Danny. The only problem is that McIlroy is going to bring it. But Willett has had a great season. European Masters Champion and a fantastic final round at the WGC-HSBC Champions. 35/1 for a man who can win and has the incentive to win. Willett can win this one.
Matthew Fitzpatrick 35/1 (Sky Bet)
Undoubtedly the Rookie of the year on the European Tour. Fitzpatrick is a winner of the British Masters, with a whole heap of top 5's along the way. He would now regard his T-13th at the BMW as disappointing. His first time in Dubai so no track record to go from on the course but with this kid...anything's possible.
Thorbjorn Olesen 100/1 (Betfred)
For those of you looking for big odds, This guy could make an interesting Each Way bet. For the past four years he has been consistent on this course finishing in the top 20 each time. The main difference this time around he is a big time winner following the Alfred Dunhill Championship. T-12 here last year but constantly improving. Could surprise and enter the top 5. If he does...that's 25/1 on your Each Way. Worth a punt.