Fore! Bookies Duck Rory in Dubai Opener

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Rory McIlroy is a short-priced 9/4 favourite with BoyleSports to win the inaugural Dubai Invitational as the DP World Tour returns this week after the Christmas break.

McIlroy has notched up no less than five titles in Dubai, having claimed the opening tournament of 2023, the Dubai Desert Classic which bolstered his wins in the tournament in 2009 and 2015. McIlroy is also a two-time winner of the DP World Tour Championship and a five-time Race to Dubai champion.

A big year beckons once again for the world number two, with a major win in 2024 rated a 9/4 chance with BoyleSports, as McIlroy bids to break what is now a 10-year barren run in golf’s quartet of elite competitions.

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The Middle East has clearly been a happy hunting ground for the four-time major winner, but he will have to beat a field of 60 this week to continue his love affair with the Gulf state. Fellow Ryder Cup teammates Tommy Fleetwood (13/2) and Nicolai Højgaard (9/1) are the most likely to upset the petro-dollar ridden apple cart.

A two-time winner in Abu Dhabi and a Race to Dubai winner in 2017, Tommy Fleetwood is the choice of many punters to claim a seventh European Tour victory, while Højgaard, who was the DP World Tour Championship winner in Dubai late last year, will be hoping to continue where he left off in 2023.

Brian O’Keeffe, spokesperson for BoyleSports said: “Tommy Fleetwood and Nicolai Højgaard have both tasted success in the Gulf and been popular in the betting, but Rory McIlroy is in pole position to kick his year off in style once again in Dubai.”

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Dubai Invitational Selected Odds (8 e/w places)

Rory McIlroy 9/4
Tommy Fleetwood 13/2
Nicolai Højgaard 9/1
Adrian Meronk 12/1
Rasmus Højgaard 12/1
Ryan Fox 14/1

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