Betting tips for the Dubai Desert Classic

Donal 'Doc' Hughes

The Dubai Desert Classic gets underway this week at the Emirates G.C. in Dubai with $3.25 million on the table and $435,000 to the winner. Our resident guru has burned the midnight oil bring you his top tips for the week, best of luck!

Favourite Watch
Bryson DeChambeau carries the favourites mantle this week at 9/1 with Fleetwood, Sergio and Louis all 14/1 for anyone brave enough to go on the nose before a ball is hit.

Doc’s Top 5 Each Way Bets


Rafa Cabrera Bello 18/1
T11 in Abu Dhabi last week was a good effort for Rafa including a strong opening 68 and closing 67.  More impressive for me was his putting which was on point throughout.  That’s four consecutive top-15 finishes and the perfect warm up for a return to Dubai where he won in 2012 and has finished T6, T11 and T2 the last three years. A no brainer for your betslip this week.

Ian Poulter 33/1
Poults is cramming the golf in very early in 2019 having played the Tournament of Champions (18th) and Sony Open (T33) before jetting across to Abu Dhabi last week where he was in contention throughout before finishing T6.  His stats there shone across his entire game, including his irons and conversion rate on the par-3’s, which is a rarity and often signals a win is coming.  Knows this course and knows he can play it having come T6 and T15 in the past two years.  Great each way shot.

Andy Sullivan 50/1
Found his way again on Tour in 2018 with a stack of top-10’s in big events and can really kick on this year.  Absolutely loves the Dubai Desert Classic and went T4 in 2015, T2 in 2016, and  his solo 6th last year included a moving day 63.  T32 last week in Abu Dhabi didn’t hurt his odds; has to have a chance this week.

Byeong Hun An 40/1
If you’re after a horse for the course at good odds then Ben An could be your man. Missed the cut last week but that will happen with his super aggressive birdie making game.  T6 here last year kicked off a good early season backed up by a T5 at the Honda and later T2’s at the Memorial and Canadian Open.  T4 in Dubai also in 2017 and well worth a look.

Jason Scrivener 66/1
Jason has been on my radar since a T3 in Hong Kong was followed by a T6 at the Aussie PGA and he tuned up for 2019 with a solid T16 in Abu Dhabi last week.  All his performance metrics are trending upwards and given a T6 finish here last year, Jason looks a solid each way shout.

Long Odds Glory
Chris Paisley has a good record on this course and the 2018 South Africa Open winner might be one to track at 100/1.  Dean Burmester was also on our list last week; he’s 100/1 this time around and hasn’t become a bad player in seven days.

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