Doc’s Top-5 Best Bets – Dubai Desert Classic

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2020 Dubai Desert Classic Betting Preview and Tips

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Tommy Fleetwood tops the betting at 7/1 after showing some serious form last week. It’s his 9th start in this event and he has a best of T6 a couple of years ago. Not for me at those ridiculous odds.

Doc’s Top 5 Best Each Way Bets


Sergio Garcia 20/1

Warmed up with a T8 in Abu Dhabi where he drove the ball well but didn’t quite pepper the greens with the same unerring accuracy as he likes. Still, 17 birdies and a cumulative -10 on the par-5’s there says he’s a danger here. Winner of this event in 2017 and T3 last year.

Victor Perez 28/1

With a T2 in Abu Dhabi last week, Victor Perez pretty much picked up where he left off in 2019. This guy is HUGELY impressive and a Ryder Cup cert for me this year. Winner of the Dunhill Links, T2 in Turkey, T4 in China on the back end of last year climbing from 139th in the world to 41st in one season. Averaged 319 yards from the tee last week whilst ranking T3 in driving accuracy and that’s a foundation that works pretty much everywhere. If he can score on the par-5’s this week, the Frenchman can win.

Henrik Stenson 18/1

After lifting the trophy at the Hero World Challenge at the end of 2019, the question is will Henrik Stenson get back to his very best in 2020? The Iceman warmed up in Singapore last week where he started and finished well with some forgettable bits in the middle. The Middle East has been kind to Henrik over the years; winner here in 2007, twice a winner of the Tour Championship, a win in Qatar way back in 2006 and with four top-6 finishes in his last five starts at Emirates Golf Club, I think he’s a solid each way look albeit from low odds.

Robert MacIntyre 40/1

Pulled out of Abu Dhabi last week to let his recent hand injury recover a little more but seems good to go this week. The last of his three runner up finishes in 2019 was at the European Open after which he posted eight consecutive top-30 finishes including four more top-10s. Debut here in Dubai but let’s hope it’s a case of beware the injured golfer.

Erik Van Rooyen 35/1

Erik did very well in the betting for us in 2019 and finally got his win at the Scandinavian Invitational in August. Missed the cut on his debut here last year but it’s safe to say he’s a different player now. Recovered from a poor 73 on Thursday last week to battle to a T12 finish and can be right in the mix this week with his power.

Long Odds Glory Shots

Jason Scrivener 80/1 didn’t play well last week in Abu Dhabi but finished 2019 really well and has been T7 and T6 on his last two starts in this event. Definitely worth keeping an eye on.

Sam Horsfield 125/1 hits it a country mile and played well last week in Abu Dhabi recovering from a shaky start to finish T12. Showed in the Czech Republic last year that he can contend.

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